As with schoolchildren, the minority of footballers who choose to behave inappropriately receive a disproportionate amount of attention. To suggest that these players mean that football should be shown after the 9pm watershed, is to ignore the myriad positive aspects of the game.
Further, to show football later would be to impose a collective punishment of the type that Mr Ward's colleagues would hopefully discourage in the classroom. It would also be a counterproductive punishment, as it might increase the number of children staying up too late on school days.
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