That's between the rugby players. Here the linesman was simply doing his job minding his own business. Big difference.
Nalbandian’s behavior was reckless and could have caused serious injuries (actually the last I heard, the linesman is having problems walking). It’s no different than drunk driving and all other reckless behaviours. A drunk driver can say, “I had no intention of killing anyone” and he’d be telling the truth too, but that doesn’t mean he should be released simply based on the fact that, he had no intention. How ludicrous does that sound? One has to be accounted for ones’ action.
Once again, whether he had the intention of hurting that linesman or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is what he did or caused as a result of his reckless behavouir.
So are we comparing this to a fatal car accident now? At least mine was sport. Perhaps I should
As others have said, I'm not defending his actions as he was clearly out of order and has been punished accordingly. I feel that the police investigation is OTT, in my opinion, and I heard that the linesman was at work next day
Was on a sports programme here last night - yep, Fat Dave was punished appropriately but the linesman should man up, in their opinion.