Playing sport brings with it risks of injury which the participants accept. However, all sportsmen and women are entitled to play on facilities which are safe and properly managed. In addition, the rules of the game are there not only to make sense of the sport, but also to protect the participants. Players are entitled to look to referees to enforce the rules to ensure their safety and they are also entitled to expect a standard of play by their fellow participants, which includes obeying the rules and not behaving in a criminal or reckless manner.

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