Club rugby player jailed for in game incident?? is that fair?
A rugby player has been jailed for six months in prison because he apparently stamped during a game which left an apposing player requiring 2 stitches in his ear.
As a player myself I can't believe that this could happen,
how can a player goto the police for this,
how can the court find him guilty?
Surely the sort of people who would press charges are the sort of people who shouldn't play the game. (I am restraining from giving my full opinion of that player)
of all the thousands of lower league clubs in england playing every sat there are injuries sustained in every game wether it is intentional or not, if those players decided to press charges the jails really would be full.
Shouldn't the RFU have stepped in, what are peoples opinion of this?
Wouldn't have happened in my day.................. TWO stitches?? He's having a laugh isn't he??
I've had (amongst many other things) the whole top of one of my ears ripped off in the bottom of a ruck. The bloke who did it bought me a pint in the bar afterwards......... end of story.
Just because it's a game doesn't mean you can go out of your way to assault someone.
I know its not rugby, but Duncan Ferguson got jailed for assaulting a player during a game in Scotland.
At the end of the day, I suppose if there is wanton thuggery and violence, why should it be considered differrent just because it was on the playing field?
Hey, I know from personal experience how many bumps scrapes and more you guys get from playing, I really admire the game also. Hats off to you. I get where you are comming from, when you sign up...you know what you are getting into. I have the same thing with my job too. However if someone does something on purpose...not just in the normal rough and tumble of the game....he goes out of his way to cause harm,do you really want to be playing with that sort of guy??
this is not fair however stamping on players is against the laws of the game but the player who was stmped on was doing something wrong
This is hardly the first time something like this has happened and it surely won't be the last. It has been seen in many countries around the world.
At the risk of not getting your vote for "Best Answer" I have to say that there are many good reasons for prosecuting players for doing things on the field that are outside the rules of their game that could cause serious and even permanent bodily harm to another player. Without knowing the details of the case you are talking about I would guess that the player pressing charges felt the attack was way out of the bounds of the spirit of the game and that his physical well-being was put in danger.
That much being said, we have to acknowledge that most sports are physical and the participants are competitive with a lot of adrenaline flowing which is why the practice of arresting on the base of on-field activity should be only limited to extreme cases where it is clear that harm was intended. There is a certain element of risk in all sports and we must accept that before we begin playing them.
To be honest, with the multi-million Dollar/Euro contracts of top athletes today, I am very surprized there are not more charges pressed or, at the least, lawsuits when players feel that their future value might be endangered due to another player's actions.
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