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SOCIAL NETWORKING STATEMENT
THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF CASES DURING SEASON 2013-2014 INVOLVING PARTICIPANTS WHO MADE COMMENTS VIA SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES INVOLVING OTHER PARTICIPANTS AND MATCH OFFICIALS.
THE PEOPLE MAKING THESE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES AND THIS COURSE OF ACTION WILL CONTINUE.
PLEASE READ THE STATEMENT BELOW AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL PLAYERS, PARTICULARLY PLAYERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE AWARE OF THE CONTENTS.
This statement has been designed to avoid any potential issues arising from the use of Social Networking.
• All comments on social networking sites may be considered public comment by the Dorset County Football Association Limited.
• Any comments which are improper, bring the game into disrepute or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action.
• Comments about Match Officials which imply bias, attack the Officials integrity or are overly personal in nature are considered improper.
• Comments which include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.
• Re-tweeting another person’s post may lead to disciplinary action if the original comment was improper.
• Deleting or apologising publicly for an improper posting, whilst advisable, does not prevent disciplinary action being taken.
• An individual is strictly responsible for any posting on his/her account.
Participants should take every care to ensure that others do not access their account, as the fact that a posting or comment may have been made by a third party will not prevent disciplinary action being taken against the account holder.
Participants are required to act in the best interest of the game at all times and should be aware that their postings on social networking sites are likely to be subject to public and media scrutiny.
Whilst we are conscious that the use of social networking sites can be positive we must advise that participants exercise caution with the content of any postings.