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Last Updated: Friday January 21 2011 17:15 GMT

FA launches Respect FC online to kick out footie abuse

A shouting dad (played by ex-footballer Neil Ruddock) from the Respect FC campaign ad

Will Respect FC help bring back more respect into footie?

A new online footie club called Respect FC has been launched to unite fans against those who shout abuse at matches and spoil the game for others.

The FA reckons too much abuse is being yelled at players and referees.

They hope the new club will help put a bit of respect back into the game and stop those who take it too far.

Comedian Mark Watson is backing the campaign and said: "Everyone just needs to think a bit more before opening their mouths."

Comedian Mark Watson playing the role of Respect FC chairman in the campaign
Comedian Mark Watson plays the role of Respect FC chairman in the campaign

He added: "It's not much fun playing football when people are shouting at you.

"We're hoping that dads will think twice before shouting at their kids, people will think twice before they shout at managers and referees.

"Football's meant to be a fun game that everyone can get involved in."

The FA's giving £1 to Respect FC for every member that joins, up to a maximum of £50,000.

Members will vote on how the money is spent to help the campaign.