Soccer players who constantly spit show a bad example to youngsters and are a risk to health, according to the Keep Britain Tidy group. They claim that as well as being unsightly, it leads to an increased risk of spreading diseases. John Stirling, REHIS President said ‘Firstly, it’s unpleasant and secondly, there is a risk of transmission of some diseases, such as tuberculosis.’ He went on to mention, during an interview with BBC Scotland radio programme that the tradition of Edinburgh citizens paying their disrespects by spitting on the Heart of Midlothian (the former site of the city Tolbooth) could be criticised.