The school where Liverpool player Steven Gerrard learnt to play has banned footballs from its playground for health and safety reasons.
Huyton's Malvern Primary in Liverpool is where a number of professional footballers developed their craft, but school chiefs now think that proper leather footballs could hurt pupils.
Pupils can still play football as long as they use a sponge ball.
A school note said: "Please can we request that only sponge balls are brought into school. This is to ensure the safety of all our pupils."
They then released a statement saying: "Malvern Primary School treats the health and safety of its pupils as a top priority."
However, the decision was blasted by Tam Fry, chairman of charity the Child Growth Foundation who said: "We do have a litigation culture but you can't tell me Steven Gerrard did not play football in the playground."
Footballer stars who went to Huyton's Malvern Primary:
Steven Gerrard (capped 89 times by England)
Steve McMahon (capped 17 times by England)
Peter Reid (capped 13 times by England)
Joey Barton (capped once by England)
David Nugent (capped once by England)
Tony Hibbert (played over 190 Premier League games for Everton)
Leon Osman (played over 170 Premier League games for Everton)
Craig Hignett (played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and Blackburn)
Lee Trundle (ex-Swansea City favourite)
Jay McEveley (capped three times by Scotland)
- Steven Gerrard