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Gills Blog: The Football Association's respect campaign doesn't seem to be working judging by recent events near and far

Ian Hendon is sent to the stand
Ian Hendon is sent to the stand

Ian Hendon and referee Paul Tierney clash at Priestfield Pic: Barry Goodwin

A quick look through the recent goings-on at the Football Association’s disciplinary department highlights the catalogue of cases where respect has clearly not been on the agenda.

The FA have been talking about respect for a long while, insisting it is "the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place."

But while players and management at the top level continue to play to their own rules the filtering of respect is never going to reach the grass roots.

Respect certainly seemed a million miles away at Priestfield on Saturday.

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