Rules sub stan­dard

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It’s the least that can be done to show grat­i­tude for their self­less ef­forts. KIDS’ foot­ball teams that are tak­ing a thrash­ing will be al­lowed to field more than 11 play­ers.

Un­der new FA rules, youth sides los­ing by four goals can bring on an ex­tra mem­ber of their squad.

And if they con­tinue to con­cede, a 13th player will en­ter the fray to boost the un­der­dogs’ chances.

The Power Play rule is meant to im­prove the morale of young­sters on the wrong end of a drub­bing.

But coaches and par­ents have ac­cused bosses of try­ing to mol­ly­cod­dle young foot­ballers.

They have a point.

Chil­dren need to learn how to win, but also how to lose.

How will young­sters cope with other dis­ap­point­ments in life if they don’t learn from an early age?

True grit comes from tak­ing a thump­ing yet com­ing back even stronger and more re­silient.

Youth team man­agers can choose to ig­nore this new rule.

Let’s hope they do, for the sake of our sports­men and women of to­mor­row. DANI Dyer and Jack Fin­cham are at war over their dog now they have of­fi­cially split.

Their puppy love’s come to an end.

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