Matt's Crow Country: CRB check shambles

PUBLISHED: 10:14 15 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 11 May 2010

IT frustrates me greatly when politicians contradict themselves. And there seems to have been a lot of contradictory stuff being spouted about the new CRB checks which are due to come into force next year. The system being brought in will mean anyone comi

IT frustrates me greatly when politicians contradict themselves.

And there seems to have been a lot of contradictory stuff being spouted about the new CRB checks which are due to come into force next year.

The system being brought in will mean anyone coming into "frequent" contact with children or vulnerable adults will need to be checked, or face a £5,000 fine.

This has obviously been designed to ensure safety, and while I can understand wanting to protect children and vulnerable people from being taken advantage of, it seems to me that the government are going completely over the top.

Do we really live in a world when paedophiles and other offenders lurk around every corner? Of course terrible incidents happen, but they are few and far between and, sadly, I doubt these measures will put a complete stop to them.

Instead they will just put people off signing up to help with the myriad of sports teams and clubs who provide activities for youngsters in Crow Country. The Crow youth football league season has just kicked off, but thanks to this new scheme I suspect that by next year many players will not be able to take part because there will be no suitable adults available to take them to matches.

The government are always extolling the virtues of leading a healthy lifestyle, especially for children. But by their actions they are potentially blocking young people from doing the kind of exercise which helps them get fit.

And when you factor in the clubs who help disadvantaged adults, such as the Royston Stroke Club, who may now struggle to attract volunteers, and you begin to realise how hugely damaging these regulations could be. I hope there will be a drastic rethink before they come into force.

Seeing a footballer act like an idiot isn't exactly a rare occurrence.

But Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor achieved previously untouched levels of stupidity by running the length of the pitch to goad supporters of his former club, Arsenal, after scoring against them on Saturday. He could now face an FA charge relating to this incident, and an alleged stamp on Arsenal's Robin van Persie.

To cap it all, the striker claims he "doesn't know what he's done wrong to get banned".

Perhaps Emmanuel should consider what might have happened if his actions had caused the Gunners fans to stage a pitch invasion? Crowd violence has been in the news a lot recently after there was trouble at a match between West Ham and Millwall. If they want to avoid more unsavoury incidents, the FA must clamp down on players like Adebayor who behave in such a provocative manner, and make them think about the consequences of their actions.

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