A primary school has banned football in its grounds – because pupils have been copying the un-sportsmanlike footwork of their World Cup heroes.

Headmistress Pat Fay claims that pupils began fouling, cheating and shirt pulling after watching players misbehave on TV.

All 83 children at the Plymtree CofE Primary School, near Cullompton, Devon, have been told they can't play the game in the playground at any time.

Miss Fay told the Daily Mail: 'We are a Church of England school and we very much value developing a caring attitude among our pupils. We felt that playground football was causing a decline in those standards and we noticed that things got worse during the World Cup.'

Pupils are now taken to a nearby playing field several times a week to play football – but this will only continue during the summer months.

The move has angered parents and upset pupils, who were crowned local champions in a tournament last season.

What do you think?
Is this a measured move or pure madness?
Should children be banned from playing football at school?