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Re: More Gouging?
Posted by: Huxley
Date: 04/10/2017 08:38
Iím sorry Fartheralice, but in the nature of a good spirited debate, thatís not completely true. While there is a reduction in sentence if the person pleaded guilty, it is not automatically halved. Where I feel the ban is leinient is that it was considered intentional but only considered entry as no injury was caused, in world rugby laws an intentional act shouldnít be entry level, it should be mid point. Additionally world rugby have asked that an extra week be added for eye gouging, it wasnít.

I agree that Ashton should have pleaded guilty, but there were other factors, and intention did not play the same role. When Kruis was accused of contact with the eye during a maul against Bath it was thrown out as rugby incident as it was unintentional. By the letter of their laws it was contact with the eyes, but no ban given as accidental. Iím not saying that Ashtonís wasnít reckless, but it wasnít intentional, and no injury was caused, which wasnít a factor as it was this time

Iím not saying Ash shouldnít have been banned, just that there should be consistency across punishments.

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