On-field thugs just as culpable under law
19 August 2014
Newcastle Law School academic Daniel Matas has written an opinion piece on violence on the sporting field
Picture this: You are walking down Hunter Street minding your own business when a stranger, without warning, sinks their teeth into your shoulder leaving puncture marks. You would be entitled to expect, wouldn't you, that after a police investigation, the individual involved would be charged with assault?
However, while Luis Suarez's more recent decision to lunch on Giorgio Chiellini's left shoulder during Uruguay's World Cup clash with Italy appears to have cost the Uruguayan forward nine international appearances, it has not attracted a hint of criminal prosecution.
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