When did football become a spitfest? | Brief letters

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On football past and present (Letters, 7 March), one particularly unpleasant feature of today’s game is the compulsive spitting. Watching Match of the Day now is to observe a spitfest. Footballers never used to spit all the time. The players of other sports (like rugby) don’t do it. Nor do the women players. So when, and why, did football become a spittle competition?
Tony Wright

Lorenzo Marsili writes that the flat tax would benefit “the richest households” in Italy (Letters, 6 March). This is unlikely. Working in Rome for 14 years taught me that the rich pay no tax, so 10% is better than nothing.
Dr John Doherty
Vienna, Austria

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