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Your views: on footy exemption, theatre and Fumbles

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Today, readers comment on Collingwood’s green light to play a game in Adelaide, a musical and our humble football column.

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Commenting on the story: ‘Don’t touch that ball’: Spurrier defends AFL exemption decision

I have always respected the decisions made by our state government. However, allowing a football side coming from Victoria is absolutely ridiculous.

Along with many South Australians, we do not think sports should be put ahead of public safety. – Gary Spriggs

I have felt that our three leaders who have carried the responsibility of caring for our safety during the COVIC pandemic, apart the odd hiccup, have done a splendid job.

The decision relating to allowing the Collingwood team into Adelaide seems to be totally out of character with the careful management which heretofore has kept us safe. I am perplexed as to why they have exposed us to such risks. I sincerely hope that they do not live to regret a tragedy attributable to a game of football. – John Rawes

Ridiculous decision. Football surely doesn’t qualify for an exemption? What is SA Health thinking? This is a particularly virulent strain and opening up for football is inviting COVID-19 into SA. It makes a mockery of border closures. – Marilyn Kingston

Glad to know that an exemption can be made for a football match that is a “very special situation” (where people can come from an area where community Covid cases are causing a lockdown due to the seriousness/concerns) and an event like ANZAC Day could not go ahead without constraints when no community transmission was present. I’m curious as to which event/special situation constitutes negligible risk.

Happy to know where our priorities are, and that occasions like ANZAC Day are obviously not “very special”. – Garry Shearing

This is beyond selfish and indulgent behaviour from the AFL and SA Health. We have seen how easy it is to get Covid without contact, but who cares?

What about the Adelaide team who tackle, etc? Do they get a choice? Or risk being dropped for unknown reasons if they object? What about Victorians who have family commitments here, weddings and such that can’t be given the same special treatment? – Terry Jones

Talk about priorities. Some people should squirm when they reflect on decisions they have made and ‘justified’. – Michael Adams

Commenting on the story: Theatre review: Chess the Musical

A stunning show, absolutely top shelf. Gail Knott

We attended Chess the Musical and were very disappointed with the acoustics. The orchestra overpowered the singing. We had to buy a programme to understand the vocals. – Kathy White

Commenting on Fumbles and Your views

I’m surprised at some of the negative commentary on the Touch of the Fumbles articles, which I always look forward to reading even though I’m not particularly a Crows fan and am equally happy when the Power win, albeit preferably over a Victorian side.

They don’t pretend to be anything other than a “shamelessly biased” look at things from the personal perspective of a tragic Crows supporter, intended to be light hearted and ironic.

As such they are an unique and refreshing antidote to most of the overhyped, turgid and earnest scribblings that pass for sports journalism in our major dailies.

 Long may this column continue. – Jake Howie

Touch of the Fumbles: the most witty, intelligent and enlightened piece of sports journalism ever. I have several friends interstate who absolutely love it. – Paul McCormack

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