for displaying a little understanding, but sadly it wasn't grasped. It happens a million times a day in other areas of life, and goes unreported. This case demonstrates a particular lack of sensitivity, however, and the FSJA officials concerned should feel very ashamed indeed.
One reason might be that the players were unavoidably called to serve their country elsewhere. It's not as if they didn't feel like turning up or anything - the government gave them a job to do.
Being obsessed with treating everyone in exactly the same way, regardless of circumstances, is a blight that affects many aspects of our society. We've developed a system that must seem like heaven to small-minded, inflexible officials like SJFA secretary Tom Johnston.
I don't think it really has much to do with football, that just happens to be the thing that brought this inflexible more than my jobs worth attitude to the fore.
I agree with the FE we seem to have lost the ability to treat different situations with different sympathies. There are many situations where rules are there as a guideline and can be interpreted according to the situation, where the spirit of the law can be applied rather than the word. This appears to be to be one such situation.
It is a pity those in the SJFA could not see over their inflated sense of importance.
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