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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
Caborn ignites row over behaviour
Richard Caborn
Caborn was impressed by Flintoff and Warne's behaviour
Sports minister Richard Caborn says British footballers should conduct themselves like England's cricket team.

"Football has something to learn from cricket: respect for officials, for each other as professionals and for the opponents," said Caborn.

But top football official Gordon Taylor hit back at Caborn, saying cricketers are not always perfect role models.

"There has been a long history of sledging between England and Australia," insisted Taylor.

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association added: "Sometimes football can be the whipping boy because it is so prominent.

"There's a lot of emotion in football, the game is fast and physical and takes place over 90 minutes.

"A Test match takes place over five days. Even in this Ashes series the Australian captain was fined for swearing about England's tactics of using substitute fielders."

Caborn highlighted the difference in attitudes towards officials as the main difference between the two sports.

The respect shown between the rival teams has been exceptional
Sports minister Richard Caborn on the Ashes series

"In cricket, there is never a direct challenge to the umpire's decision even though it can be more subjective than you get in football," he said.

"The discipline of the cricket players has been remarkable. It has been a tough series, with no quarter given or taken in sporting terms.

"But the respect shown between the rival teams, and the respect for their team-mates, has been exceptional."


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