Please see below a reminder of The FA's and Berks and Bucks FA's stance on social media
A number of participants have been charged over comments placed on social media. Whilst social media can be very positive, it can also be a place where, if not monitored correctly, can cause problems.
Please remember the following:
- All comments on social networking sites are considered public comments
- Any comments that are considered improper, bring the game into disrepute or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action
- Comments made about match officials which imply bias, attack the officials' integrity or are overly personal in nature are considered improper
- Comments referencing a person's ethnicity, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and may incur a higher disciplinary sanction
- Re-tweeting another person's post may lead to disciplinary action if the original comment was improper
- Deleting or apologising publicly, whilst advisable, does not prevent disciplinary action being taken
- Please remember you are responsible for any posting on your account (even if the post has been made by a third person), so please protect your account
Participants are required to act in the best interests of the game at all times and should be aware that any content posted on social networking sites is likely to come under public scrutiny.
Whilst we acknowledge that social media can be used in a positive way we must advise that participants exercise caution with the content of any postings.