Monday 27 January 2020

This scourge can be overlooked no longer

THE SCOURGE of eye-gouging has unfortunately hit the headlines once more and all those who remain ambiguous about the crime -- not excluding some within Irish rugby circles -- will hope that the end is nigh for anyone who makes contact with the eye area.

Police in England have launched an investigation into a rugby game after a player was blinded in one eye when he was gouged by an opponent.

Clarence Harding (26) was rushed to hospital during a cup match between his side Gravesend Rugby Club and Maidstone RFC.

The Gravesend club has written to its mid-Kent rivals demanding an investigation after surgeons said he is unlikely to regain the sight in his right eye.

Kent Police later confirmed they were investigating the incident as the player's club officials said they were "deeply concerned" by the injury.

Maidstone RFC recently embarked upon a campaign to earn the RFU's 'Seal of Approval' reward. "It will (also) demonstrate that we are providing our members with a safe, well organised and enjoyable environment in which to learn and play rugby," a club statement said.

Wonder what Mr Harding thinks of that. DK

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