PARENTS have been banned from cheering at children’s football matches.
The bizarre move by the PC brigade is an attempt to “take pressure off” youngsters.
Instead they will be forced to stand in silence as they watch their children’s kick-about this weekend.
Mums and dads are not allowed to cheer, gloat, wind up the opposition team or question the referee at games across Hampshire.
A separate list of “dos and don’ts” has been issued to team managers.
They have been told not to “put down players” or coach them “during play”.
The “Silent Weekend” by the Hampshire FA comes after your Daily Star reported on Wednesday how a university had banned clapping to reduce stress.
The FA says it hopes the initiative will create a “positive environment”.
But one parent said: “From one stupid extreme to the other. It’s everyone’s game. These children are going to turn out like zombies. I got taught manners and respect.”
But another wrote: “Absolutely no need for parents hollering across the pitch at their kids. Let the coaches coach, players play and parents just watch.”
The initiative also aims to reduce tensions between parents that can turn into ugly confrontations.
Referee Blair Gissing, 20, of Portsmouth, said: “Only the once have I seen parents getting violent, but it was a very serious incident when a parent punched a linesman. It was only an under12s game.”
Isabella Pearson, of Hampshire FA, said many clubs have signed up.
She said: “Parents may think they’re offering encouragement but to someone else that could be construed as over the top. “We’re hoping a reduction in noise will allow children to just enjoy the game.”