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 UMPIRE ABUSE/ DEROGATORY REMARKS IN DIRECTION OF UMPIRE 

Message to All Derbyshire Clubs 

Please note that England Hockey, MRHA and Derbyshire Hockey have had a zero tolerance policy for any abuse directed towards the umpire. 

Any resulting red card means a minimum of 30 days suspension. Please note that reasons such as ‘out of character’, ‘exceptional emotional stresses’ will not be entertained. 

For many this would mean an early end to the 2018-2019 seasons and to others an additional late start to the 2019-2020 seasons. 

Please make sure that every member of your club is aware of this suspension period. 

Derbyshire Hockey takes no pride in suspending players. 

I suggest that team captains, coaches, managers, committee members, players constantly reiterate this suspension possibility to team mates pre match/at half time/ post match/during the match/at training sessions to make sure you have a full contingent of players to select from. Suitable contingency plans to support players with ‘short fuses’ need to be in place to avoid what is essentially a self-inflicted suspension. 

Each club should aim for no red cards especially any related to umpire abuse. 

Best wishes 

Mark Fonseca 

DR Mark Fonseca 

Derbyshire CDA 

27/2/2019

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