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The most notorious spitters in football

By Simon Rice

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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