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PFA chairman wants zero tolerance on foul and abusive language

Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle wants a clampdown on the routine abuse players exchange on the pitch following John Terry being acquitted of a racially aggravated public order offence. "I think generally there is a very high level of abusive language that goes on on the pitch and it just seems to be par for the course, but I don't agree that it should be that way," Carlisle said.

"In order to change it it would take a very strong line from the referees, a very strong line from the governing bodies and it would probably cause mayhem for the short-term period."

Terry could still face charges from within the game as the Football Association continue to investigate the incident.

An FA spokesman said after the verdict: "The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own inquiries."

Carlisle added on BBC Radio Five Live: "I think if we were to adopt a line of social responsibility, because sport is so influential, especially football that's watched by hundreds of millions on a weekly basis, it would create a short-term period of mayhem.

"But I think if players were being sent off and banned because of the language that they are using then it would cause them to address their behaviour and it would cause the clubs to come down on it too."

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