[lg policy] Linguistic Hygiene:

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 21:40:17 UTC 2015

 Footballer sent off for warning another player about dog s***
[image: Richard Hartley-Parkinson]
Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk
<http://metro.co.uk/author/richard-hartley-parkinson/>Monday 22 Dec 2014
8:50 am
 [image: Footballer sent off for warning another player about dog s***]Foul
language is shown the red card for Christians (Picture: File)

A well-intentioned footballer was sent off after warning another player
that there was ‘dog s***’ on the pitch.

The referee between the Christian football teams took exception to Lance
Perry’s swearing.

He was playing for Rowley College against St Thomas Aldridge in the West
Midlands Christian League.

The league has a zero-tolerance bad language policy, which was enforced
during the match.

However, the FA has now rescinded the red card and a one-match ban saying
it was well-intentioned and not aimed at the referee.

Fellow players asked why the Division One game had been held up and
Luke shouted: ‘It’s dog s***’.

Despite the loss of Perry and his foul mouth, Rowley College won 5-1.

Pete Bennett, general manager of the team, said: ‘The league does have a
zero policy to foul language and referees can sometimes interpret that
rather crazily.

‘We couldn’t believe it when the red card came out, and neither could Lance.

‘He protested as far as he could, but, thankfully, common sense
has prevailed.

‘In fairness, the league has been very good.’

A spokesman for the FA said: ‘We have looked at the words used, and the way
they were used. Obviously, if the response had followed a question about
how the ref was performing, the red card would have stayed.

‘But the word was not used as a term of abuse.’

Perry declined to comment.

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