Banned and fined for ref Twitter comment

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Local league footballers are being urged to remember the Respect campaign - after one Boston Saturday League player received a six-match ban for a comment made about a referee on Twitter.

Leverton SFC’s Steven Royal was also fined £50 by the Lincolnshire FA for his online remark.

League chairman Roger Gel is eager to make sure there is no repeat of this incident, saying: “We are a Respect league and players, managers, officials and supporters should be respected at all times.

“If anyone does go on to a social networking site to vent their views or frustrations, and if the remarks made are found to be offensive, then we will report them to the Lincolnshire FA.”

Mr Gel was quick to point out that this was the first incident of its kind from the town’s Saturday league, which is the largest open-age league in the county and has more than 1,400 players signed on.

But Mr Gel added a precedent has been set, and he hopes there won’t be a repeat.

A statement on Leverton’s website read: “The Lincolnshire Football Association has today suspended Steven Royal for six games and issued him with a fine for comments made with regards to the match official following SFC’s defeat in the Target Newspapers cup at Woodhall.

“The club had already apologised to the match official, as had Steven himself.

“The matter is now considered closed, as the referee has accepted both apologies and we will all move on.”