‘Punishment doesn’t fit the crime’: Ben Fordham questions proposed 5-year ban
Ben Fordham believes Rugby Australia’s plan to ban the fan who called Eddie Jones a traitor “doesn’t fit the crime”.
Rugby Australia is looking to ban the fan from rugby events for several years after he sledged the former Wallabies coach at the SCG on Saturday night and dubbed him a “traitor”.
“He’s apologised, he’s been warned about his behaviour, he’s learned a valuable lesson and that should be the end of it,” Ben said.
A man also was allegedly caught urinating from the top of the SCG’s O’Reilly Stand on the same night and has already been banned for life from Wallabies Test matches.
“The lunatic who climbed up on top of the scoreboard and grandstand and urinated has been banned for life, that’s fair enough.
“Rugby Australia is walking down a very rocky road if it starts handing out five-year bans to supporters who use inflammatory language.
“The punishment doesn’t fit the crime, you’re killing the mosquito with a jackhammer.”
The man facing the ban is a Nine and 2GB sales executive who Ben called out for his behaviour earlier in the week.
“I’m not saying this in defence of a colleague, I’ve already called him an idiot. I’m saying this in defence of common sense.
“Do we really want the language police marching around stadiums?”
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Former rugby league official Steve Clark told Ben Fordham he can’t believe the potential ban.
“For what he said, if that is five years, id hate to think what he would have got if he called a referee a cheat.
“It’s absolutely completely over the top.”
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