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IT’S fair to say Great Bri­tain de­fender Dan Fox is no stranger to fac­ing fierce penalty cor­ner flicks – in fact he made a ca­reer out of it be­fore re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional duty af­ter the Rio Olympics.

How­ever, ex­clu­sively, in last week’s The Hockey Pa­per, Fox ar­gued that penalty cor­ners are an “un­nec­es­sary dan­ger” to de­fend­ers and should be banned by world hockey of­fi­cials, send­ing so­cial me­dia into a frenzy.

So, is Dan right? Is the penalty cor­ner a health haz­ard to de­fend­ing play­ers, or is it part and par­cel of the game?

Here are some of your thoughts: “Would def­i­nitely be a good start. Charg­ing down a flick just seems in­her­ently dan­ger­ous.” – Gavin Som­merville “The great Ric Charlesworth has been say­ing this for some time – but will take se­ri­ous in­jury or a death for change to be agreed teams play­ing for PCs is an in­evitable and unattrac­tive fea­ture of hockey.” – Roger Goodacre “Make the shoot­ing cir­cle 5m big­ger (where the dot­ted like cur­rently is) and same PC rules.” – Mark Pearn “In­ter­est­ing food for thought...there are cer­tainly some com­mit­ted Knowle nut­ters who put bod­ies on the line de­fend­ing cor­ners with no fear!” – Knowle HC “I would hate it. It's one of the most ex­cit­ing and unique parts of our sport.” – Ciaran Craw­ford “Just limit flicks to back­board height = prob­lem solved. New for­mat will just alien­ate, par­tic­u­larly new post-Rio fan­base. No med­dling please.” – Rus­sell Butt “Stop med­dling! Al­most a new sport each new change which di­vides elite from grass­roots. That’s not good.” – Bruce Dan­bury

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