Scotland July 25, 2006

Scottish umpires angry after assault let-off

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

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.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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