A five year ban in rugby. Thugs beware!!!

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  1. smartcooky

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    From The Telegraph....


    Thugs beware. Methinks the judiciary means to stamp out dangerous contact to the face and eyes; and about time too

     
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    Yeah, stick it too the lower level lads, but God Forbid we even mention the few incidents at pro and international level we've had.
    If we don't see a similar ban handed down next time a pro does it, then it's complete injustice for the guy mentioned in the story.
     
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    Well, any intentional eye gouging should be met with a life ban in my opinion. The fact that the other player lost his sight in one eye, from a hand off that seemed to intentionally harm the other players eye deserves a life ban. However the fact that the other player lost an eye is coincidental, and any time a player eye gouges, at any level, it needs to be treated that the intention was to blind the other player, successful or other wise.
     
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    The IRB has set this benchmark....only to completely ignore it when an International player gouges or stamps.
     
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    This guy has a clean disiplinary record as well. Pros such as Bakkies Botha have attempted things with dozens of bans under their belts and got 9 or 10 weeks, tops. I agree with the previous posters- This needs to be stamped out at all levels.
     
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    Any eye gouging should result in a life time ban end of. If that were the case then I bet that cases of eye gouging would fall significantly.
     
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    I agree, foul play that could result in permanent damage to opposing players, such as eye gouging, kicks to the head etc, should result in punishments such as the one above at all levels of the game
     
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