To all clubs, representative coaches, managers and referees
Further to advice that was sent to all clubs recently about the wearing of skins, I wish to again emphasise this matter following the first round of weekend fixtures.
- Referees have been instructed to enforce â€œLaw 4â€ which relates to playerâ€™s equipment.
- Players who are identified as wearing incorrect colour skins will be asked to leave the field of play to remove them.
- â€œVariationsâ€ on colour (eg shades of blue) do not constitute the wearing of the correct colour. Clubs are asked to make this known to players. There will be no re-course on the basis that â€œnew purchasesâ€ have been made if they are of the wrong colour.
- Players (typically females) are not permitted to wear â€œhair pinsâ€ or other items such as ear or nose studs (regardless) of whether they are taped.
Although I am aware from discussions with various club representatives that some people are aware of these regulations, evidence from the weekend matches would suggest that many are not or choosing to ignore this advice. The matter is not one for debate, notwithstanding personal opinions expressed about the relevance or importance of its enforcement.
PLEASE communicate this with players, coaches, officials and parents as criticism directed in relation to this matter will not change its enforcement.