UEFA has urged all Euro 2016 players to stop bringing their children onto the pitch after matches.
It is a European Championship not a family party
The images of toddlers joining their footballer dads may have been adorable to audiences but for tournament director Martin Kallan a stadium is “not the most safe place for small kids”.
In a statement on Tuesday Kallan told reporters: “It is a European Championship not a family party.
“We are not 100 percent against it but we are cautious,” he added. “Small kids of five, six years – if something happened, what do you do afterwards? What do you say?”
Officially only accredited people are allowed on the pitch.
David Griffiths, president of the Welsh Football Association, said: “UEFA’s frowning on it unfortunately because it’s encroachment on the pitch. But the team is run like a family and the boys have been together for so long.”
The UEFA officials were branded “killjoys” by Welsh Plaid AM Simon Thomas: “I cannot think of a more positive message that the Welsh team is sending than to have young girls and boys kicking a ball around at the end of an international football match.”