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Thu, Apr 22, 2010
The Straits Times
Why involve the police?

I AM shocked that the police were dragged in following a scuffle in a schools' rugby final between St Andrew's School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

This inter-school rugby match is not the first to end in fisticuffs among players and supporters.

And it will not be the last unless schools take some serious time off to reflect on how a match can degenerate into a free-for-all that has now generated a great deal of public interest.

Something is wrong when students from reputable schools resort to verbal insults of a personal nature to provoke a rival into throwing punches.

What glory can there possibly be, even for the winning school?

If it were up to me, the fair punishment for both schools would be to ban them from next year's competition and to strip both players of their school colours award.

Awards should be given only for displays of sportsmanship, not for winning at all cost.

I hope the investigating panel will be thorough and fair.

It takes two to tango and in this case, to fight - be it for school, glory or defending one's family honour.

Anna Quek (Ms)

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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