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Friday 1 August 2014

The most notorious spitters in football

Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard spat into Rudi Voller's mullet not once but twice as hostilities between Holland and Germany boiled over at the 1990 World Cup.
Francesco Totti Italy's golden boy Francesco Totti found himself in hot water after spitting in Christian Poulsen's face at Euro 2004. His lawyer argued he deserved leniency because he "is a sensible and socially responsible person who has helped people in difficulties". Fifa disagreed and banned him for three games.Francesco Totti Italy's golden boy Francesco Totti found himself in hot water after spitting in Christian Poulsen's face at Euro 2004. His lawyer argued he deserved leniency because he "is a sensible and socially responsible person who has helped people in difficulties". Fifa disagreed and banned him for three games.
John Terry The jury's still out on this one. Videos appeared to show the Chelsea captain send a well disguised loogie onto the neck of Carlos Tevez during the 2008 Champions League final. Charges were never brought - presumably United felt Terry had suffered enough following his penalty miss.

Footballers were warned to stop spitting amid fears of spreading swine flu.

Blackburn and Bolton have confirmed outbreaks of the virus and now the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued a warning to curb the 'disgusting' habit.

A spokesman for HPA said: "Footballers, like the rest of us, wouldn't spit indoors so they shouldn't do it on the football pitch."

Indeed, and to highlight the risks of such a 'disgusting' habit, we've hauled together football's worst spitting offenders.

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