Gary Lineker has said that the behaviour of pushy parents is "utterly depressing."
Writing in the New Statesman the former striker, who was never booked during his career, said that he has even taken some parents aside to advise them to calm down.
Lineker wrote: "The competitive nature of most mums and dads is astounding. The fear they instil in our promising but sensitive Johnny is utterly depressing.
"We need a parental cultural revolution. If we could just get them to shut the f*** up and let their children enjoy themselves, you would be staggered at the difference it would make."
Former England striker Gary Lineker has tweeted that the national team's manager, Roy Hodgson, is "neither a racist nor a comedian" after criticism of a joke he made at half-time during a World Cup qualifier against Poland.
Roy Hodgson is neither a racist nor a comedian.
Football pundits had mixed reactions on Twitter to head coach Paolo Di Canio's exit from Sunderland AFC:
Di Canio signed 14 players, brought in an entire back-room staff, and now he's gone. Football madness. Match that Downton!
Di Canio sacked. Not sure what to make of that. He saved Sunderland last season but they have been awful so far this season.
Suprised about di canio? Not me,not just about the results, treatment of players big factor also
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Former team-mate Phil Neville and ex-England striker Gary Lineker have paid tribute to David Beckham who has announced his retirement:
David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!
David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football.
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Former England striker Gary Lineker has paid tribute to David Beckham after he ended his career in the United States by helping LA Galaxy retain the MLS Cup.
I see David Beckham bowed out by winning another trophy. He's been a great ambassador for football and his country.
Gary Lineker said he has accepted the apology of a Twitter user who taunted his son over his childhood leukaemia.Read the full story ›
Gary Lineker said he has accepted the apology of a Twitter user who taunted his son over his childhood leukaemia.
Hear the twitter troll has said sorry. We accept that apology. I'm sure he will learn from his idiocy. No need for this to go further IMO.
George Lineker was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1992.
The BBC Sport presenter said he did not plan to take any further action over the incident.
Earlier this week a 17-year-old boy was arrested and later issued with a harassment warning after offensive comments were sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley on Twitter.