Footy crimes un­pun­ished

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WE READ re­ports of one citizen as­sault­ing another, then suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences in the form of a fine or a prison term. Of­ten the guilty one will end up with a crim­i­nal record.

Now watch a game of football and see a de­lib­er­ate as­sault by a player against another. Pun­ish­ment ( if any) is at the dis­cre­tion of the ref­eree and some­times by the game’s hi­er­ar­chy. We as­sume no crim­i­nal record will re­sult.

For those who see no harm in these as­saults, con­sider the young foot­baller who suf­fered a bro­ken neck and the life he now leads as a quad­ri­plegic, to­gether with the on­go­ing bur­den placed on those who care for him. Mean­while the play­ers who dumped him on his head lead a nor­mal life and have not been charged by the law.

Will some­one please ex­plain the dif­fer­ence be­tween on- field and off- field be­hav­iour? I see none.



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