Clubs must clean up or face losing pitches

THOUSANDS of amateur footballers across Doncaster are being warned clear up or clear off - because of concerns over litter and behaviour.

Officials representing leagues which contain over 6,000 players between them have been warned of the threat and have agreed to pass concerns on to hundreds of clubs across the borough.

The threats have been made because of concerns over the levels of litter being left in the borough’s parks following matches, and because of complaints to borough authorities over the behaviour of some players.

Doncaster Council is sending enforcement officers out to the playing fields across the borough on match days as part of the action.

They will look for littering and anti-social behaviour like foul language on the pitch which they say is causing offence to other park users.

The council says any clubs which are persistently involved in anti-social behaviour will have their pitch withdrawn if they play on council sites. It will also issue a £75 fine to any person seen dropping litter.

Officials have had talks with officials from the Doncaster and District Football Association, the Doncaster Senior League, the Doncaster Junior Sunday League and the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League.

John Preen, chairman of the Doncaster and District FA, said most clubs respect that pitches and playing fields are there to be enjoyed by the whole community, but the organisation would remind clubs of their responsibilities throughout the season.He believed rubbish may be more likely down to unofficial kickabouts among players not connected to clubs.