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Do The Crime So Do The Time - Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif Found Guilty

The Mad Chatter - Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Salman Butt Mohammad Asif Mohammad Aamer Former Pakistan cricket captain Salmon Butt and fellow Pakistani quick Mohammad Asif have been found guilty over night in the Southwark Crown Court of match fixing. I believe any player caught deliberately conspiring to change the outcome of a match, whether they succeed at changing the match or not, should not pass go, should not collect $200 and be sent directly to jail. Congratulations Southwark Crown Court!!

Salman Butt Mohammad Asif Mohammad Aamer Former Pakistan cricket captain Salmon Butt and fellow Pakistani quick Mohammad Asif have been found guilty over night in the Southwark Crown Court of match fixing. I believe any player caught deliberately conspiring to change the outcome of a match, whether they succeed at changing the match or not, should not pass go, should not collect $200 and be sent directly to jail. Congratulations Southwark Crown Court!!

Butt was convicted of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling. Mohammad Asif was found guilty of conspiracy to cheat. These criminal charges have landed the two former international players in very hot water and they could be imprisoned for seven years.

The prosecutors successfully alleged in court that Butt and Asif conspired with team mate Mohammad Aamer and a British agent Mazher Majeed to bowl some no-balls in the Test Match between Pakistan and England at Lords in August 2010 – not a nice thing to do at the home of cricket!!

Butt and Asif pleaded not guilty. Aamer and Majeed will be put through the courts in their own criminal trials in due course.

In 2011, both the AFL and NRL have had dramas with match fixing and players betting on matches. How dumb or greedy must these players really be. Any action that is likely to result in questioning the transparency of a match or sport should be hammered by the police and the criminal justice system.

This is white collar crime crossing over into blue collar sports and it must be stopped.

I for one congratulate the now defunct News of the World tabloid in London for outing these cheats from Pakistan. They confirmed what many of us have suspected for years. It is now time for the legal system in Australia and around the world to treat any cheating sportsmen in the same way as members of the public as they will now do in England after last night’s precedent.

Sportspeople should be subjected to the same rules as everyone else but it seems a high proportion of athletes get off or get off lightly. The courts need to close the gap and get rid of these pelicans who think they are above the rules. Think of Todd Carney and Brendan Fevola - if they were nobodies I believe they would be locked up by now like many others blokes who have done stupid things. However, the keep getting second chances because they play footy. It's wrong - close the gap!! 

By the way, what do you call a Pakistan fast bowler who doesn’t cheat….Asif…

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