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    Default Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I've always clapped both teams through and walked through myself at the end.
    Just thought this was normal.
    You will get some who will ignore you, some shake your hand/ pat your shoulder/ cheers ref.

    Was AR last week and my ref colleague clapped both teams off but didn't walk through, said he never has.

    It seems these days that most teams form ad hoc merrygo round and shake hands immediately after the final whistle and you will always get the odd player who deliberately avoids you but that's their choice but there has and hopefully always will be the tunnel as you leave the pitch.
    What's people's thoughts?
    Ciaran Trainor

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I do
    In England that seems to be conventional , as far as I can tell.
    We discussed it before here, and in other countries the answer is no, it's not conventional

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    if there's a tunnel I'll go through unless there are other more pressing matters to deal with
    I, for one, like Roman numerals

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Here it's definitely expected that you go through after the first team and before the second. It would probably come across as a snub if you didn't.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Never, ever, ever. And as a coach and player Im not a fan

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCraig View Post
    Never, ever, ever.
    why not?
    I, for one, like Roman numerals

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I will go to the end of the first tunnel, clap the 1st team through, then walk around the back (not through the tunnel) to the start of the next tunnel and clap the next team through - shaking hands with those who want to shake my hand. It's my way of showing "It's not about me".

    Sometimes, a team will ask me to walk through so I will. But I won't do it unless I'm asked.
    Last edited by Taff; 2 Days Ago at 10:11.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Used to tend not to now. Not sure why. Other than a lot of teams do the "walk past" hand shake these days instead of a tunnel. I tend to be "there" and leave it to the players to come to me, if they want.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I make a point of being there and clapping both teams and if asked go through the tunnel, I don’t assume, I’m comfortable either way

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    why not?
    I dont feel its appropriate, while players are doing that Im generally thanking my ar's and checking details with the managers

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