Letter: On the ball with bullies

I cannot imagine anyone disliking football as much as I. As a pupil in the 1940s and 1950s, and a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, this so-called sport was marginal in school culture and homophobia was restricted to the occasional calling of "laddie-lass", a cognomen I was proud to bear.

Pope asked: "Why can you break a butterfly upon a wheel?" Sensitive children can be broken by subjecting them to the milieu so painfully evoked by Debbie Epstein.

BARRY TEBB

Sefton Terrace, Leeds

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