UK primary school bans children from playing football following concerns kids are copying the bad attitude of professional players.

Students at the school have reportedly been spotted diving, arguing with each other and taking the game “too seriously” during their break-time kickabouts.

The sport has now been banned for a week and the UK school said children can only start playing again if they agree to a code of conduct, shared Yahoo 7.

Richard Potter, headteacher at Home Farm School in Colchester, Essex, said he wants to encourage students playing fairly with morals and sportsmanship.

“These are four to 11-year-olds who are trying to emulate the older players,” he said.

“This was causing a lot of arguments.”

Mr Potter, who insists he’s “not anti-football at all”, said during the week-long ban the pupils will sit with teachers and write their own rules for a fair match.

The ban comes after Brazil’s ‘Neymar’ was seen dramatically grimacing in pain after a tackle during a match.

Things soon reached melodramatic heights when his theatrics earned him condemnation in the soccer world.

Share your comments below

  • They have to be taught the rules of the game.
    I hope the children aren’t allowed to change the rules to please themselves.


  • I think that’s a fair move. I was expecting a complete ban, but I like what he’s done


  • I suppose that was a fair call.


  • Such a good idea. Hopefully if they help make the rules they will follow them ????


  • It’s good to see a Headteacher with commonsense. Banning the sport for a week, explaining why & getting the kids to help write the rules of conduct. Well done.


  • There is an element of football culture that sadly does reflect poorly on the game. As long as the children agree to the code of conduct and follow the code then they should be able to play again.


  • Unfortunately it’s not really about the game anymore, it’s the antics both in and off the field in a lot of sports these days. Great role models smh


  • This is fair enough. Whilst it is healthy for children to be partaking in sporting activities it is not so healthy for them to carry bad attitudes and because they perceive it as cool whilst the World Cup is on.


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