Sent to all Leagues and Clubs – from Sussex FA
As a result of Sussex County FA issuing Misconduct Charges recently regarding posts on Social Media, we would like to remind League/Clubs/Players of the following guidance to avoid any future charges being issued.
Whilst Sussex County FA accepts and embraces Social Media, we also need to remind users of their responsibilities. Participants are reminded that any comments/posts on Social Media which are improper, bring the game into disrepute, or are threatening, abusive or insulting may lead to disciplinary action being taken. This includes re-tweeting or sharing another persons’ post if the original content was improper.
Remember, what may be seen as ‘banter’ may also be seen as ‘improper’ and ‘not acting in the best interests of the game.’
Participants are required to act in the best interests of the game at all times and should be aware of this when using Social Media. Furthermore, participants are reminded that postings on Social Media which they believe to be visible to a limited number of selected people may still end up in the public domain and consequently, care should be exercised with regards to the contents of such postings.
An individual is strictly responsible for any posting on his/her account. Participants should take every care to ensure that others do not access their account. Any posting or comment made by a third party will not prevent disciplinary action being taken against the account holder.
We are seeing an increase in the number of Misconduct Charges issued relating to Social Media. This is not as a result of us monitoring Social Media directly, as this would be a full time job in itself! We only act upon complaints made to us, but there has been a definite increase in the number of improper posts on Social Media relating to football within Sussex. Social Media is a great tool for Leagues/Clubs/Players and we don’t wish to discourage its use, but we need to remind users of the responsibilities when using it.
If an individual is found guilty of an improper post on Social Media, then they are liable to a fine and suspension as if it was an on-field offence.