The FA is determined to crack down following a number of incidents and have warned clubs it will consider employing the full force of their punishment scale.
Although the deterrent of the maximum fine has been in place for several years, the FA believes that now is the time to remind clubs of their responsibilities.
The FA's reminder notice was already in clubs' in-trays before incidents this week such as Wayne Rooney berating Graham Poll at Highbury and the Portsmouth midfielder Matthew Taylor confronting a linesman during their FA Cup tie with Southampton.
The referees' chief Keith Hackett welcomed the FA's decision to impress the importance of avoiding confrontation. "A lot can be done away from the pitch to educate players," he said. "We all have a responsibility in this matter."Reuse content