Is Football Dangerous?
The discussion on what it calls "The Football Slaughter" iB proceeding apace in the columns of the 'Young Man,' the columns of which contain contributions from Lord Kinnaird,Mr A, E. Stoddart, and Mr J. K. K. Studd. Lord Kinnaird, well described as an enthusiastic footballer, and a fine specimen of muscular Christianity, says:—"As a lover of football I am sorry you have made such a strong attack on the game, as I fear it may be misunderstood in some quarters, and convey the impression that the stato of things you refer to, instead of being really exceptional, is the general rule. Considering the vast number who now play football, as compared with the number playing a few years ago, I do not think we can conclude that rough play is on the increase. I fully admit, however, that the time has come when a protest should be made, as undoubtedly, in some instances, accidents do occur which might fairly be put in the category of brutality. I only write in my private capacity, and not in any way as connected with tho Football Association ; but I may say from personal knowledge that for some considerable time the Association Committee has dealt in a vigorous manner with any charges of this kind which have been brought forward. I should recommend all lovers of the gamo to try and impress upon umpires and referees the necessity that lies upon them to use the powers they possess ; as I fear that occasionally blame is to be attached to them for not at once stopping unfair and dangerous play; and I may add that the spectators are not altogether free from blame in the matter. In confirmation of my opinion regarding the power of the umpire and referee, I may say that it is the experience of many members of the Association Committee that they do not themselves see rough play. This shows that clubs can behave well when they are firmly dealt with. Individually, my own belief is that our rules are strong enough entirely to put down such play. If, however, it should be made clear that we have not power, I am confident that a general meeting of the Association would pass rules sufficiently stringent to meet the case, As I have indicated, I think the dangers of the game are exaggerated."
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Is Football Dangerous?, Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
Is Football Dangerous? Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
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