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Footballers to be banned for spitting on a football pitch?

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Going straight into Room 101 in a football sense would surely have to be players spitting on the pitch.

Diving is infuriating, the current offside rule beggars belief, and Joey Barton is very annoying. But, footballers spitting should surely become a thing of the past.

According to the London Evening Standard, an Enfield councillor wrote to his local team, reminding them that any player found guilty of spitting on the football pitch can be fined up to £500 for the offence.

In response to the council's letter, Peter Collop, captain of Latymer Old Boys first XI, which plays in Enfield, said: “This is completely unenforceable on a football pitch and quite frankly laughable.

“It is something almost every player does — it all gets washed away by the end of the game. There is no way anybody will stop doing this."

As well as with all local sides playing across the UK, watching any match on television during a break in play, there always seems to be a player spitting on the pitch.

Chris Bond, Enfield’s cabinet member added: "The original letter was intended to be a polite request asking footballers not to spit because it’s a revolting habit, but was overzealous in tone and did not reflect the spirit of the by-law."

The idea that professional sportsmen should conduct themselves in the correct manner when the world is watching should surely include this act too.

Despite the idea that spitting should be a habit which gets wiped out of the amateur and professional game, enforcing significant fines for players found guilty may be too extreme.

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