No compromise in Dupuy sanction
Published 12/01/2010 | 05:00
Tomorrow in London, Julien Dupuy begins his appeal against a 24-week ban for eye-gouging.
Should he succeed in having that suspension reduced, irrespective of the legal technicality being pursued, then the message to any future perpetrator is at best unsure.
Hand-to-eye must be unacceptable ... period. Unless the sanction hurts in very real terms, the crime will be repeated -- not by Dupuy (one suspects he has learned his lesson) but by others. Alan Quinlan (missing out on a Lions tour in the process) and Shane Jennings both got 12 weeks while Schalk Burger shipped a derisory eight for the same act.
The punishment bar has been raised to a more appropriate level. The message, specifically the sanction, must be clear and unambiguous.
For the sake of the system but even more so for that of the game there must not be room for compromise.