Sports Letter: Pulling power

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Pulling power

Sir: In support of Gerard Hunt's letter (7 October) about shirt-pulling in football, I have concluded that the nation should adopt the term "fightball" (as we upper classes have always pronounced the game) for our national game. This provides a credibility for a game which increasingly has less and less to do with one's foot and, taken to the logical conclusion, we can eliminate the ball to produce the "fight".

Are Fifa and the Football Association already ahead of me in discussing the professional referee as in boxing, requiring only the adoption of the Queensbury Rules to complete the metamorphosis?

CLIFFORD BARRINGTON WILLIAMS

Alcester, Warwickshire

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