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Re: Dave Ward's shiner
Posted by: Quinky Kin
Date: 03/10/2017 15:46
Quinky Kin
Quinky Kin
The full match video is now is now on the Premiership website.
Dave Ward gets his eye injury from Teimana Harrison at 27 minutes 43-45 seconds.

There is no foul intent (as far as I can see).

There doesn't have to be intent, I believe?

Interesting point.

When is intent relevant? I don't know, but a blow to the face can't be foul play in all circumstances. If I tackle someone haring away from me, catch him round the ankles and get a heel in my face, that can't be foul play. Can it?

(If all contact with the face were foul play a lot of people would have been carded playing against Jacques Burger :-)

I have the feeling that I am missing some obvious point or distinction here.

I agree that it's a little bit vague. I suppose if it were simply careless or reckless, then intent doesn't need to be shown. There was mention elsewhere that Nathan Hughes caused a similar injury accidentally, and was punished?

Hughes handed a defender off with his forearm/elbow. Not sure why people were surprised he got penalised. I'm sure there was no intent to hurt, there never is, is there, but if a 20 stone bloke runs into someone and thrusts their rather large forearm into the defender's face, it is going to hurt.

Which demonstrates the point that intent isn't necessary. I still can't fathom how Ward's eye got injured, but it could have been punishable.

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