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Dirty footballer crossing line (5)

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I believe the answer is:

black

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Here is my best explanation:

'dirty' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'footballer crossing line' is the wordplay.
'footballer' becomes 'back' (back is a kind of footballer**).
'crossing' indicates putting letters inside.
'line' becomes 'l'.
'back' enclosing 'l' is 'BLACK'.

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