Read­ers’ let­ters

On Ex­eter pro­test­ers’ shame, a cycling leg­end and the lbw law

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Why is ‘Chiefs’ racist now?

Well done Ex­eter Rugby Foot­ball Club. No­body ever thought the “Chiefs” moniker was racist un­til the BLM move­ment arose, so why now? As chil­dren, we used to play cow­boys and In­di­ans among the war rub­ble, the In­di­ans be­ing the bad­dies, of course. Pre­sum­ably we are there­fore racist. It seems strange that the pro­test­ers give them­selves a racist ti­tle, “Ex­eter Chiefs for change”. They should be ashamed of them­selves.

Richard Brennan, Mar­gate, Kent Con­sult­ing Na­tive Amer­i­cans pays

It was good to read that the Chiefs’ man­age­ment had con­sulted rel­e­vant Na­tive Amer­i­cans be­fore de­cid­ing to keep the cur­rent name of the club. It would be in­ter­est­ing to know how many Na­tive Amer­i­cans the tiny mi­nor­ity (as usual) group con­sulted prior to their de­mands.

Charles Jack­son, Por­ton, Wilt­shire Man­ager re­view ap­peals for Var

I had high hopes for Var when it was in­tro­duced be­cause some of the ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions were truly aw­ful. I still think that Var is use­ful but two things need to change. There must be a pitch­side mon­i­tor for ref­er­ees to re­fer to and no panel of judges from afar. Each man­ager should have two ap­peals per match to re­quest Var re­view. Then the rules need to be amended. Hand­ball must be de­lib­er­ate to gain ad­van­tage and off­side must be sig­nif­i­cant and by more than a sin­gle toe, finger or kneecap.

Mick Fer­rie, Maw­nan Smith, Corn­wall ‘Um­pire’s call’ an em­bar­rass­ment

The cur­rent lbw law has to go, or at least part of it. Take “um­pire’s call”: an ap­peal is made by the bowler, up goes the um­pire’s finger, bat­ter re­views and yes, the ball is clip­ping the stumps so “out” stands. Yet if said um­pire had given “not out”, the bat­ter re­mains at the crease. If the game is us­ing ball-track­ing technology and it shows the ball hit­ting the wicket then that should be it. Scrap “um­pire’s call”, it has be­come an em­bar­rass­ment.

Frank Edgar, New­bury, Berk­shire Ma­jor Tay­lor an all-time great

I would like to sug­gest that Ma­jor Tay­lor, who be­came the world track sprint cham­pion in 1899, be con­sid­ered one of the great­est track rid­ers of all time (Mar­vel­lous Mer­ckx, July 24). Tay­lor was a cham­pion rider who grew up in mod­est cir­cum­stances in Amer­ica and as a black per­son he had to over­come more ad­ver­sity than many fel­low com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing, of course, ram­pant racism.

At a time when track cycling was the big­gest pro­fes­sional sport in North Amer­ica, Tay­lor be­came “The World’s Fastest Man”. His story needs to be told.

David Viner, Stour­bridge, West Mid­lands Wel­come bal­ance on trans is­sue

Such a well-bal­anced au­thor­i­ta­tive ar­ti­cle by Diana Thomas on Trans Women (Trans women can­not have it all their own way, July 24). If only more peo­ple in her po­si­tion were as rea­son­able it would help the cause of trans gen­ders hugely.

Gil­lian Dal­ton Spit­ting ‘a mat­ter of up­bring­ing’

Fur­ther to Phil Blower’s let­ter re­gard­ing spit­ting (July 24), I re­call an anatomy lec­ture many years ago, when the lec­turer was giv­ing de­tails of the saliva glands. He fin­ished by say­ing that once the saliva reached a crit­i­cal vol­ume in the mouth, it would either be au­to­mat­i­cally swal­lowed or spat out, the choice de­ter­mined by up­bring­ing.

James Mil­lar, Glas­gow Pick the best wick­et­keeper

Wick­et­keep­ing is a spe­cial­ist role, so pick the best. Em­pir­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence over the years has shown hy­brid bat­ter/keep­ers to be an in­fe­rior op­tion when com­par­ing cen­turies/runs against catches and stump­ings of op­po­si­tion missed.

Brian Strand, Ayles­bury, Bucks County con­fer­ences un­think­able

The re­turn of first-class cricket in the form of the Bob Wil­lis Tro­phy is wel­come, but I hope that, as Scyld Berry won­ders (July 24), the 18 coun­ties will not in fu­ture play each other an­nu­ally in three con­fer­ences, home and away, mak­ing 10 games each, plus a fi­nal. As a York­shire mem­ber for 56 years and since liv­ing in the South, I have been able to watch them play in the County Cham­pi­onship at Arun­del, Hove, Canterbury, Chelms­ford, Lon­don, Southamp­ton and Taun­ton. Trav­el­ling to Le­ices­ter for their south­ern­most cham­pi­onship match does not bear think­ing about; though a place in the fi­nal this year does. Let us hope by then spec­ta­tors may be al­lowed in.

Mal­colm Wat­son, Ryde, Isle of Wight

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Head­ing off: Big Chief, Ex­eter’s mas­cot, is be­ing re­tired af­ter the furore about the club’s name

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