I don't watch so I don't know. It's a stupid game and I imagine (or hope) that players don't want bad things to happen. Any punishment seems harsh IF the guy is suffering inside for inflicting the injury.
I do not watch or like,or even comprehend the game of Football,so I cannot really say I understand the punishment at all.HOWEVER... It seems to me that this injury is not the first which has occurred,inflicting such devastating and life-changing damage to a player. I cannot see how the player who caused the damage would need to get any further punishment,as he would be feeling so utterly dreadful for causing such an injury,NON-INTENTIONALLY. I would expect that football players are involved in this team sport for the enjoyment they get from playing, and NOT so that they can inflict grief and/or injury to others playing for the same reasons. These circumstances just make me dislike the game even more!!
Thanks so much Finy,for understanding what I am saying. I grew up in Victoria where Aussie Rules Football was THE big thing.In all my life down there I never saw even ONE game,either live or on TV. I just never 'GOT' what it was all about!!! I have lived in Qld for 30+ years now,where the Code played is Rugby League,and I understand /like THIS game even less than the one I grew up disliking!! It seems to be one of the most violent team sports around. So many shocking injuries have been caused during the playing of this game,and I really detest the attitude of many parents of the very young boys who are playing this frightening game.There seems to be little encouragement towards/no respect for, the notion of Fair Play. 'Win At Any Cost' seems to be what a great number of parents instill in their youngsters' minds from the very start. SO VERY SAD.....I grew up learning that there is NO 'I' in TEAM!!! and this goes for ALL aspects of Life!