Football is one of the most high profile sports in the world and footballers are not just sportsmen and women, they are role models for young people.
While passion must remain at the heart of the game, it is also crucial that players, coaches, officials and spectators respect each other. I have therefore already publicly supported The Football Association's Respect campaign.
I will continue to encourage an on-going commitment to change at all levels of sport, and I am grateful to the FA for leading the way.
[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The Government continue to work closely with the Football Association (FA) on a number of important issues within the game including governance and regulation.
Many of Lord Burns’ independent review recommendations designed to reform the FA’s decision-making structure in order to make it a more modern, effective and representative governing body for football have been implemented by the FA, and I will continue to regularly discuss progress.
As part of the monitoring process of that report, the FA will review the changes they have put in place at Council, Board and Football Regulatory Authority level by 2012.