Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
0
2
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 12, 2008

Warning for Diouf as new 'respect' rules unveiled

On the day chief executive Richard Scudamore introduced a new Premier League initiative to improve standards of behaviour in the top flight Sunderland captain Dean Whitehead admitted he may have to act to prevent new signing El-Hadji Diouf getting into trouble with referees.

The new season starts on Saturday, with the Premier League launching their 'Get on with the game' campaign, and Whitehead has warned that the fiery Senegalese winger, newly signed from Bolton, may have to curb his temperament because referees are acutely aware of his reputation.

'People will obviously know what 'Dioufy' is about,' said Whitehead. 'As captain and players we will have to make sure he doesn't get himself into trouble because referees will be after him I'd say.

'They target certain players and it's part of my job to make sure he doesn't react. It's up to us to make sure he doesn't overstep the mark.'

All 20 clubs have signed the Premier League's new charter, which will see captains given greater responsibility for managing their team-mates and respecting referees, and insist they are present at the exchange of team-sheets for any pre-match instructions.

TV monitors have also been removed from technical areas, which should reduce the number of flashpoints, while broadcasters BSkyB, Setanta and the BBC will use former top officials Dermot Gallagher and Paul Durkin to provide an insight into key decisions.

'I have been in this job 10 years now and I sense a mood for something to happen,' said Scudamore.

'If we had mentioned this three years ago I think the reaction would have been different. Now everyone - club chairmen, managers, players, officials, fans, media - are all saying we saw things last season that overstepped the mark.

'If we see unacceptable behaviour, we should make it unacceptable.'

Ashley Cole's rant at Mike Riley during Chelsea's encounter with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge was probably the most notable lack of respect shown to an official, although there were other incidents as well.

Scudamore is anxious not to portray players in a bad light and feels referees have to play their part too - for instance, standing their ground when trouble is brewing rather than getting away from the scene as sometimes happens at the moment.

And slightly less abuse from the stands would help as well. 'It is not a one-way street,' he said.

'We are not just saying managers and players have to behave. Referees have to meet players halfway as well and fans have to back off a little bit in terms of the vitriol.

'I do not want to take the passion out of the game but it would be nice to take some of the venom away.'

According to Scudamore, venom does not meet passion. In his view it is right and proper for fans to have their rivalries, but there is a line that should not be crossed.

'We have reached the stage where the whole situation needs correcting,' he said.

'We need the excesses skimming off the top.

'It is difficult to say that without making it appear that we are trying to sanitise everything. That is not what we are saying at all.

'We want the passion and rivalries. What we don't want is some of that blatant disrespect and abuse.'

Scudamore denies the abuse is a by-product of the massive rewards on offer in the Premier League, and the financial disaster relegation can bring.

'When people talk about commercialisation and money, they cannot forget it only comes because we are a spectator sport,' he said.

'We do not succeed at anything unless we get the football right.

'There comes a time when you have to say the product needs a little bit of tweaking. We said we would do it. Now is the time.'

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.