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PFA chief falls out with Lampard over treatment of young players

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, has hit back at Frank Lampard's claim that today's young players should clean boots and toilets as part of their learning process. Taylor told the Daily Mail: "I used to clean boots and whitewash toilets as an apprentice. On the other hand kids used to go down pits and clean chimneys.

"We are now a civilised society and the aim must be to make youngsters better players by practising football more.

"There is no harm in learning about humility or discipline. We want younger players to learn that if they make the grade then we expect them to behave.

"Not that long ago there was not enough thought about training, the best times to train and rest, physiology and diet.

"We are producing better footballers now but whether we are producing better people is another matter. Clubs should think just as hard about that aspect, too."

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