For those not entirely aware, we have a yellow card/red card system. The poster known as Finn69 is the latest to be awarded a Yellow for persistent man playing. A following Red would mean a two week exclusion.
We can go straight to Red if the offence is grave enough. I don’t want this site to have to close its open door policy, but there is a significant minority of people who are not prepared engage in debate, and lose few opportunities to play the man.
Whilst I accept we can all see ‘red’ now and again in the passion of the moment, this kind of serial behaviour is not acceptable here. And we won’t be slow to take action in future.
Update: Since this post was first published, we have automated this system and added a Black Spot, which is effectively a permanent ban.
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