Date: 21st July 2008 at 7:28pm
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THE Football League has backed the Football Associations plans to bring a respect campaign into the Championship aswel as Leagues One and Two.

So at the Fraser Eagle Stadium, as the players emerge from the tunnel, the two teams will line-up in front of the Main Stand before shaking hands with their opposition and referees.

When Accrington Stanley kick off their new campaign on August 9th at home to new boys Aldershot Town, the respect initiative should be in place with the aim to ‘improve behaviour both on and around the pitch and, in particular, demonstrate a commitment towards greater respect for match officials’.

The pre-match ‘Fair Play’ handshake procedure is already standard at International, European and Premier League level and will now spread throughout the English game, right through to the non-leagues.

The handshake will take place for all first team competitive matches in the Football League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

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