Monday, June 22, 2009
It's not OK
One thing we didn't blog about from Saturday night's rugby was a late-in-the-match pitch invasion by two rather bewildered looking (and fully clothed) women. As you will see in the pictures above, from a Stuff story, one of them was crash-tackled by a Red Badge Security guard.
We would be the first to agree that the women were breaking the law, and the stadium's conditions of entry by being on the field. However, we reckon the guard's physical response was over the top. As you can see from the first picture, the woman had effectively surrendered when the guard was still several metres away. But he wasn't stopping for anyone! We hope that he is disciplined by his employer for what we reckon was excessive force in the circumstances.
We reckon that this disproportionate response might have had its genesis in embarrasment. The showed up major deficiencies in security. There were guards stationed at roughly 15m intervals around the perimeter of the ground, supposedly watching the crowd for signs of trouble. No guards apparently saw these women wander down the aisle from their seats, down the steps, and onto the playing enclosure. The "chase" did not start until the tackled woman was climbing over the electronic advertising hoardings. Had this woman been a streaker, we would have said that the security guards were caught with their pants down!
The "pitch invasion" was a relatively innocent and innocuous incident. The reaction of the guard was anything but. We may be old-fashioned, but we reckon the TV adverts are dead right - men assaulting women is NOT OK - ever!