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A primary school has banned children from playing football at break-time during Euro 2012 to stop fights - and has asked them to play chess instead.

Football at playtime has caused trouble

A primary school has banned children from playing football at break-time during Euro 2012 to stop fights - and has asked them to play chess instead.

Pupils have been told kickabouts and all other ball games are off limits at playtime during the tournament after numerous overzealous tackles were causing injuries and arguments. Instead, staff at Hall Road Primary, in Orchard Park, Hull, hope pupils will skip and play with outdoor chess sets.

Deputy head teacher Kristina Frary said the ban was needed to prevent injuries and allow staff to get on with teaching. Head teacher Caroline Holliday said the ban has been imposed to show children the consequences of bad behaviour.

She said: "Children need a period to reflect and take responsibility for their actions. This past week, since the ban, we have noticed older pupils taking better care of the younger ones and enjoying other sports and pastimes."

Mrs Frary said football and other ball games are still being enjoyed by pupils during PE and games lessons. She said the school had not received any complaints from parents about the ban.

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