Concerned officials from a grass-roots football club have criticised irresponsible dog owners for foul play, after letting their pets soil junior pitches.
Alnwick Town representatives claim it is a ‘serious problem’ and are desperate to give the disgusting act the red card.
They say that the pitches at Greensfield, which are used by hundreds of youngsters, are littered with dog dirt, and managers often have to scoop the poop before matches and training.
In one sickening incident, a junior player was left with muck on his strip.
And now the club says enough is enough.
Paul Yeadon, who is Town’s junior development officer, said: “We are having a serious problem with dogs fouling on the junior pitches.
“People are turning up in their cars and are letting their dogs out and letting them do their business and have no intention of picking it up.
“You approach them and you either get a load of abuse back, they blank you or they say you can’t stop them.
“Sometimes there are four or five pieces of dog dirt on the pitches.
“It is a health hazard and is putting the children’s health at risk.
“There was one situation, towards the end of the season, when one lad got it all over his strip.”
Paul said the club is set to meet Northumberland County Council to see what can be done.
The authority runs a zero-tolerance dog-fouling policy and offenders can be given a £50 on-the-spot fine.
For more information, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk or contact the county council on 0845 6006400.