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Old 30th September 2017, 10:04   #21
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So is it really true that Middlesex have been relegated as a result of having points docked for timewasting while the umpires fannied around in fear of some man-dolly conventioneers? Stokes would surely have pierced the lot of them on one shaft. Pardon me for taking my eye off the ball, as it were, but both of my teams were in division two this year.
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Old 30th September 2017, 10:39   #22
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Michael Vaughan has waded in with an article in the Telegraph. Can't read it all, as it's a premium article and, tbh, the revelation that Vaughan's punditry is considered by some as "premium" might be the most shocking aspect of this whole tale.
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Old 30th September 2017, 10:41   #23
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Michael Vaughan has waded in with an article in the Telegraph. Can't read it all, as it's a premium article and, tbh, the revelation that Vaughan's punditry is considered by some as "premium" might be the most shocking aspect of this whole tale.
Telegraph is annoying with their premium stuff. Times also. I just get a free copy when spending 10 at waitrose.
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Old 30th September 2017, 11:23   #24
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...Other than the obvious ie not going out half way through a series on the razz at 2.30 am, being a well known sporting personality, have you got any reason to object to his actions?

From what I have heard, I would have done exactly the same.
If one has only heard about it, including or not the rumours about others involved in the fracas, that may be understandable.

Seeing the video, though, would convince most that the actions were very objectionable.
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Old 30th September 2017, 12:47   #25
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Why though? The video showed me pretty much what I expected to see from the descriptions that I'd read previously. I'm guessing that you and others are actually quite shocked at what such a fracas actually looks like.
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Old 30th September 2017, 14:32   #26
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Its simple relaly. He should be investigated properly, punished accordingly, both legally and within the ocnfines of English cricket.
I think he needs a personal rehabilitation from alcohol and considerable time/suspension from the game.
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Old 30th September 2017, 17:18   #27
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If one has only heard about it, including or not the rumours about others involved in the fracas, that may be understandable.

Seeing the video, though, would convince most that the actions were very objectionable.
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Why though? The video showed me pretty much what I expected to see from the descriptions that I'd read previously. I'm guessing that you and others are actually quite shocked at what such a fracas actually looks like.
There is the possibility, I suppose, that not all have been so well informed by descriptions of the incident that seeing the video added nothing to the understanding.
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Old 30th September 2017, 18:04   #28
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I invite people to put their thoughts here.
When I heard that Benjamin Andrew Stokes, Lion of England, had been in the very fight of his life on the dark and dangerous backstreets of Bristol, I wept.

I wept and I wept and I wept.

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I wept tears of joy.

Sadness that our great country has come to this.

Anger that Ben should have a peaceful evening out destroyed by a sub-mental hideous lowlife.

And joy that our Ben rose to the challenge.

For rise indeed he did. Armed only with his fists, he fought and he fought and he fought. He fought like an England Lion.

And with each punch he landed a blow for all of us who long for a return to simpler, saner times.

Obviously, though, the ECB must act.

While his spineless weasal of an attacker hides away anonymously in a corner, Ben must be allowed to exercise his right to demand satisfaction!

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Old 30th September 2017, 18:45   #29
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Thus a pistol duel must be held between Ben and his attacker on the Lord's ground, at 7am next Tuesday.

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Surely it should be with crossbows at the Oval?
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funny thing is if this had happened to anybody else it would be a short paragraph on the inside page of the local paper.
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funny thing is if this had happened to anybody else it would be a short paragraph on the inside page of the local paper.
True, typical obsession with the TMG counties, although I reckon Strauss and Fraser might be working behind the scenes to save their county from the drop.
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True, typical obsession with the TMG counties, although I reckon Strauss and Fraser might be working behind the scenes to save their county from the drop.
what's that got to do with it?
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Old 4th October 2017, 15:55   #33
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The case against Stokes must hinge on witnesses coming forward and on the hospitalized assaultee pressing charges, one would suggest. In the absence of those, I don't really see how the prosecutor can leave the matter in limbo for weeks on end. The longer the matter takes for charges to be laid, the less likely further criminal action in other words.

One assumes Stokes is not denying he got into the brawl, and his hand injury won't mend overnight, but there seems to be enough doubt about the facts of the matter that, surely, the police and the courts have more pressing matters to deal with.
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The case against Stokes must hinge on witnesses coming forward and on the hospitalized assaultee pressing charges, one would suggest. In the absence of those, I don't really see how the prosecutor can leave the matter in limbo for weeks on end. The longer the matter takes for charges to be laid, the less likely further criminal action in other words.

One assumes Stokes is not denying he got into the brawl, and his hand injury won't mend overnight, but there seems to be enough doubt about the facts of the matter that, surely, the police and the courts have more pressing matters to deal with.
When Beefy ran in trouble over his alleged ABH assault in the winter of 1980, his solicitor managed to have the Crown Court trial deferred until after England's impending tour of West Indies, which Botham was captaining. He had already appeared at Magistrate's Court by then, with his footballing teammate Joe Neenan electing to plead guilty and cop a small fine rather than risk the cost of a Crown Court trial. I guess the difference here is that the Mbargo case hasn't got that far and, also, there was no horribly inflammatory footage of the Botham incident. But, it might be a precedent worth pursuing by Team Stokes?

Botham, of course, was acquitted of assaulting sailor Steven Isbister. A few weeks ago, I was sorting out some of my old school folders and found a file upon which I'd scrawled stuff like 'Super Kent', 'Deadly Bites Yer Bails' and also 'Isbister Deserved It'. Glad to say I'm rather more prone to soberly considering all the evidence these days.
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Old 4th October 2017, 16:53   #35
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The case against Stokes must hinge on witnesses coming forward and on the hospitalized assaultee pressing charges, one would suggest. In the absence of those, I don't really see how the prosecutor can leave the matter in limbo for weeks on end. The longer the matter takes for charges to be laid, the less likely further criminal action in other words.
I'd be very surprised if that happens given how he may have to admit to allegedly dishing out homophobic abuse and attacking someone with a bottle.

"Isbister Deserved It" has to be one of the most random school scribbles ever.
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The case against Stokes must hinge on witnesses coming forward and on the hospitalized assaultee pressing charges, one would suggest. In the absence of those, I don't really see how the prosecutor can leave the matter in limbo for weeks on end. The longer the matter takes for charges to be laid, the less likely further criminal action in other words.

One assumes Stokes is not denying he got into the brawl, and his hand injury won't mend overnight, but there seems to be enough doubt about the facts of the matter that, surely, the police and the courts have more pressing matters to deal with.
If the evidence is thought to be strong enough, charges may be brought anyway.

The wheels of justice can grind exceedingly slowly and Stokes' case may not get any special priority.
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I'd be very surprised if that happens given how he may have to admit to allegedly dishing out homophobic abuse and attacking someone with a bottle. ...
Do we know that there is any truth in those abuse rumours? Any road up, I'd be surprised if anything put forward in mitigation was found to outweigh the video evidence.
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Do we know that there is any truth in those abuse rumours? Any road up, I'd be surprised if anything put forward in mitigation was found to outweigh the video evidence.
If the video evidence were so overwhelming and conclusive there would be no reason to delay the laying of charges.

The mitigation, such as it may be, would only factor in during the hearing otherwise the police would be pre-judging the matter rather than applying the law.
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It’s all about intent and that’s what the video footage doesn’t show.
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Do we know that there is any truth in those abuse rumours? Any road up, I'd be surprised if anything put forward in mitigation was found to outweigh the video evidence.
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If the video evidence were so overwhelming and conclusive there would be no reason to delay the laying of charges. ...
Not necessarily. A high profile individual will be getting a lot more legal (and other types of) support than your average alleged perpetrator, all of which may well delay the laying of charges.
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