London, May 16 (ANI): Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, is determined to stamp out cheating and on-pitch violence from the game.
Recent incidents in which players have been accused of unsporting behaviour include the French goal which knocked Ireland out of this year's World Cup finals, scored after what Thierry Henry later admitted was a handball by him which the referee failed to spot.
Speaking at the Respect and Fair Play Awards ceremony ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, he said that sport reflected both the good and bad in the modern world.
"For all its benefits, when aggression becomes brutality, when passion becomes disrespect for opponents, when the rules of the game and the principles of sportsmanship become obstacles to be bulldozed, sport can become detrimental to the individual and society.
"Whilst I remain president of the FA, promoting sportsmanship and stamping out the deplorable scenes that have blighted our game in the past will be my goal," The Tegraph quoted Williams, as saying.
The prince described football as the greatest game on earth.
Prince William, an Aston Villa fan, "Unfashionable as the word may sound, sportsmanship underpins everything good and worthwhile about our national game.
"What is so important about these Respect and Fair Play Awards is that they acknowledge and reward those who play fair and encourage fair play - true sportsmen and women," The Tegraph quoted Williams, as saying. (ANI)