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Foul play is a crime

Intentional violence in sport is not sport, says Felix

16 December 2013

In the pre-dawn dark, we are waking to the closing overs of the day's play in the Ashes being broadcast from Australia. We are impatient for the score and what has happened during the long hot day while we were sleeping through an English winter's night. We hope that the day has gone well.

Old cricket fans will remember turning on the radio many years ago to hear about their heroes' triumphs and tribulations. It is timeless, thrilling and romantic. Or was.

What we see now is a descent into premeditated violence that, was it not on a grass field with 
a white painted line around its boundary, would form the basis of a pretty serious sentencing exercise in crown courts up and down the land.

The charming injunction from the Australian cricketer, to "get ready for a f***ing broken arm", would have made for quite a tense piece of courtroom theatre had indeed the promise been made good.

Let us see where that would get us under ...

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