In The Netherlands the Week of the Referee has just started and many people paid attention to it on Twitter with the hashtag #ScheidsBedankt – meaning Ref, thanks. A website called De Aanvoerders asked players to take a selfie with the referee. The results are shown below.
De Aanvoerders (The Captains) is an initiative by both professional and amateur football players. Their golden rules:
- Give the opponent a handshake before and after the match
- Make agreements in your team about sportivity and respect
- Talk with your parents how they cheer for your team
- Whistle every season a few matches at your club
The latter one is important In Dutch amateur football many matches are officials who are a member of the home team. It is a good way for (young) players to get the idea of what referees have to face during a match. It is also a good way to get more young referees, because some actually like being a referee.
Club v.v. Dongen gave the referee some flowers to say thanks for officiating.
— V.V. Dongen (@vvdongen) October 4, 2014
Many professional referees went to matches of amateur colleagues to coach them and watch their matches.
— Werner ter Avest (@WterAvest) October 4, 2014
Player on photo with the referee.
— De Aanvoerders (@DeAanvoerders) October 3, 2014
A whole team who took a picture with the referee: #ScheidsBedankt
— DWOW (@vvdwow) October 4, 2014
Two captains and the referee
— lucien groenewegen (@lucien_g) October 5, 2014
— SoccerMum/oldWAG (@SoccermumYummy) October 4, 2014
Whole refereeing team getting flowers
— Sebastiaan Kleijburg (@skleijburg) October 5, 2014