Swearing on the football pitch has "gone too far" and the sport's authorities should do more to tackle it, according to a Cabinet minister.
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt's comments came after John Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday. It was alleged that he had maliciously called Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a match on October 23 last year.
The Chelsea captain's trial revealed foul-mouthed exchanges between the two players during the match and Mr Hunt said something must be done about it as footballers need to set an example. He told ITV's Daybreak: "I do know a little bit about this because I'm a qualified football referee. I've been at the receiving end of it and I do think that it has gone too far."
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