Reading AM's tweet about spitting reminded me of how things have changed since my father's days of playing and refereeing football, and playing cricket. He used to carry a handkerchief in his pocket, as did many players in those olden days. I dare say pitches are now plagued with phlegm and mucous, or gob and snot, depending what era you're from. Personally, I find the sight of anybody displaying these disgusting habits, in and outside sport, makes me cringe. YUCK.
I agree totally! There's no need for it, as it's a proven fact that excercise does 'not' make you salivate! It's just a filthy habit. If a footballer falls and skins his knee, he's in danger of getting a really nasty infection! I read about it a year or two ago. They should be fined for spitting I think!