July 25, 2006


Scottish umpires angry after assault let-off

Martin Williamson

Scottish umpires were reportedly disgusted after Saleem Sajjadm, who admitted verbally and physically attacking umpire Vic Hadcroft in a league match, escaped with a ban until the end of the season. Many had been demanding a life ban for Sajjadm.

Umpire training officer Jim Connell insisted the sentence had been a cop-out. He declared: "We have been let down badly - but, sadly, this is what I expected to happen, knowing who were making the decision. Sajjad's actions were not a spur-of-the-moment thing, they were pre-meditated. He was angry after being given out - but it was almost 15 minutes later when he re-entered the field of play to confront Vic.”

Click here for a full report from The Scotsman.


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Posted by Jos Beckers on (July 7, 2007, 16:58 GMT)

I'm an umpire in Holland. For several weeks after a match a player called me a filthy SS man. I reported this to the KNHB but guess what nothing happened. No ban no nothing. It is a shame considering all the plans and so on made about fair play and strongly requests to the Dutch umpires to go strongly forward against verbal and physical aggressive behaviour. Joh Heron, please contact me by E-mail. All the best to Greg Madden from Eindhoven. Jos

Posted by Martijn on (July 27, 2006, 15:07 GMT)

Simular things happend in Holland. Players get bans for using drugs (which I personally think does not influence their game in a positive way) that last longer than players physically attacking umpires.

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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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