Read­ers’ let­ters Dis­crim­i­na­tion in cricket and clam­p­down on spit­ting

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Money not race to blame

Jim Cumbes’s reflection­s (Let­ters, Aug 28) on his school cricket days will, I am sure, have been typ­i­cal of many mem­o­ries evoked by Scyld Berry’s ar­ti­cle (Aug 19). Would-be crick­eters emerg­ing from state schools are un­de­ni­ably at a dis­ad­van­tage com­pared to their pri­vately ed­u­cated coun­ter­parts. This dis­ad­van­taged ma­jor­ity is drawn from the full na­tional spec­trum of so­cial and eth­nic back­grounds.

Look­ing back at the re­cent ac­cu­sa­tions of racial bias in team se­lec­tion and man­age­ment appointmen­ts, it would be in­ter­est­ing to know the school back­grounds of those in­volved. Does it oc­cur to any­one else that the main ba­sis of dis­crim­i­na­tion might be more deeply rooted in eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tage rather than racial bias? J M Tan­ner, Porth­cawl, South Wales Ex­eter a great model

In an ar­ti­cle “Sport can­not put moral blink­ers back on” (Aug 14), Rob Bax­ter was cas­ti­gated for his re­sponse, as you per­ceived it, to the de­bate con­cern­ing racism in sport in gen­eral, and in rugby in par­tic­u­lar. A more com­pre­hen­sive and bal­anced look at Ex­eter would re­veal a club whose ethos is in­clu­sive, both on and off the field, cre­at­ing a rich and di­verse at­mos­phere.

Susie Appleby has spo­ken about the wel­come that she re­ceived on ar­riv­ing to es­tab­lish a fe­male side. There is a con­sid­er­able amount of char­i­ta­ble work un­der­taken by the club. We Ex­eter sup­port­ers are truly blessed in not only hav­ing a su­perb direc­tor of rugby, but also in hav­ing a man who shows lead­er­ship to his team and play­ers, as well as to sup­port­ers on wider is­sues sur­round­ing the game. Vivi­enne K Brew­ster, Tiver­ton Green card for rugby

As part of Eng­land Hockey’s post-Covid re­turn to play, we as umpires have to is­sue a green card – a two-minute sus­pen­sion – to any player who spits or blows their nose onto the pitch, and the player has to clear up the re­sult­ing mess. Watch­ing rugby at the week­end, I no­ticed play­ers spit­ting with im­punity and no ac­tion be­ing taken by the ref­eree. Surely this should be pe­nalised in some way. Peter Kar­mali, Ayles­bury Rules of football are dead

Hav­ing watched more football dur­ing the Covid era, I am some­what con­fused as to the cur­rent rules. Be­ing of re­tire­ment age, I look back to my days both play­ing and watch­ing and hav­ing a thing called a

Rules of Football book. Free-kicks had to be taken from where the foul oc­curred, throw-ins sim­i­larly from where the ball went out of play. Foul throws are no longer in ex­is­tence.

The pun­dits love the “tak­ing one for the team” foul. Some­times a yel­low card is is­sued but if a gen­uine chal­lenge for the ball ends with it be­ing late due to the skill of the player fouled, then too of­ten a red card is given. So many old rules no longer ex­ist or are not ad­hered to. Dave Oxbrow, Bex­hill-on-Sea

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