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Umpires in a Melbourne juniorfootball league will issue soccer-style red and yellow cards for sledging offences from next yearafter theSouthern Metro Football League unveiled an “unsociable sledging bylaw”.
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The move comes amid rising concernover sledging on local sports fields, including sexist and other derogatory comments, whichpublic health advocates warn could have a significant impact on children.

League chairman Peter Ryan said he hoped the movewouldbe seen as a first step in a wider community approach to tacklingtheissue.

“In simple terms, if a player makes a derogatory comment about an opponent individually or an opponent’s family member – mum, dad, brother, sister, grandparents–the umpire shall be instructed to issue a yellow and or red card to the offending player at the time of the offence,” Mr Ryan said.

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