FanCast columnist Rob
Facey looks at possible ways the FA
can save their struggling Respect campaign as another Premier League manager
has offered his opinion on how to improve the game.
David Moyes has demanded a radical overhaul
of the FA's disciplinary system as the debate surrounding the Respect campaign
The Everton boss has hinted that it is the
governing body that is undermining the campaign rather than players and
Moyes claimed that the current system used by
the FA doesn't work and wants an independent disciplinary commission set up.
doesn't help that the disciplinary panel sitting before you, acting as judge
and jury, are largely from within their own ranks,"
Moyes said, as reported in The Times.
was one person you could call independent – an ex-manager – out of four on the
panel so that is something which needs looking at."
The FA panel agreed with his claims that
Everton should have had a penalty, but they still fined and warned the Scotsman
about his future conduct.
Moyes was fined for remonstrating with Alan
Wiley at Stoke earlier in the season and just this week Sir Alex Ferguson
received a touchline ban for his actions following United's victory against
Ferguson has publicly criticised the FA's
Respect initiative along with Steve Bruce, Paul Ince; all of whom claim that
respect needs to be earned, their logic being that if officials didn't make so
many crucial errors then everyone would respect them as a matter of course,
rather than it being rammed down their throats.
So who is to blame for the struggling Respect
campaign? Are players and managers putting too much pressure on refs? Do the
officials make too many mistakes to get any sort of respect in return? Or is it
the FA themselves for expecting too much?
Would an independent panel, as suggested by
Moyes, solve the problems, or would that mean even more meddling for the suits
in Soho Square?
Who would be the best to sit on the panel?
Former pros? Pundits? Ex-managers?
Surely anyone with a bit of common sense
would be a welcome addition for those who currently make up these committees?
Perhaps if the FA's charges were standardised and not so erratic then everyone
connected with the game would have more Respect for the authorities.
There's that word again…