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UEFA Referee Development Programme 2012 Practical Information for Match Officials
Press interviews On no account should interviews be held with the press on matters related to the match. The referee is fully responsible for any statements made.
Behaviour at the venue Match officials must act professionally at all times during their stay in the venue city of a UEFA match/ tournament. They should avoid being over-friendly with players and officials of teams, even if they know them well. Social contact should be minimal and match officials should always be aware of how this contact might be perceived by onlookers. Match officials are also reminded that they will have to referee the players during the match and must therefore always portray a neutral and professional image; activities such as being photographed with players, asking for players’ shirts or autographs and excessive purchases of team souvenirs in the club shops should be avoided. Each club receives a very limited number of UCL or UEL match balls for the matches it hosts. Consequently do not request, and definitely do not take, any of these as souvenirs. When finished with, these balls are usually reserved for local schools and charities, as well as for some marketing promotions.
As regards ticket requests, we have to remind you of our “Zero Tolerance” policy. Tickets requests are dealt with directly by the clubs so it means you are asking them for tickets (no matter who you make the request to) and this puts them – and you – in a difficult position. If you really must have tickets for one of your matches, please contact the Refereeing Unit first.
Referees’ equipment Referees must wear the adidas kit – the latest version – they received from UEFA; nothing from a competitor manufacturer should be visible on the referees’ equipment. The fourth official should wear the UEFA tracksuit jacket (with the UEFA logo). If necessary, the referee will lend his/ her UEFA jacket to the fourth official.
Language English is the language used by UEFA for refereeing matters.
Conclusions Be well prepared and use common sense. Enjoy the match and your time away on UEFA duty.
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