Readers’ letters Discrimination in cricket and clampdown on spitting
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