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FA to Target Adult Misconduct at YOUTH games !!
Almost 4,000 misconduct offences have been committed by adults at youth level football, according to the Football Association.The figures were collated from matches in England involving under-18s teams during a 15-month period.The FA will now offer new "awareness" courses to club officials who have been found guilty of a misconduct charge.
"We consider it to be a huge priority," said Dermot Collins, the FA's respect manager. BBC 5live Investigates asked the FA to collate figures for misconduct offences that have occurred at youth football matches at grassroots level. This is the first time the FA has quantified the scale of the problem.
The FA provided figures from all 50 county associations across England. The reports mainly came from match officials who had witnessed improper behaviour, such as offensive remarks directed at referees and physical fights between parents or between opposing club managers.
They relate to incidents recorded last season (2012-13) and so far this season (up to November 2013). In total, there were 3,731 cases of misconduct involving adults at under-18 matches. Some parents are