This is no doubt going to upset a lot of people, but there is a time and a place for children to be seen at sporting events. Is it really right that they should be done on the pitch sharing accolades with their parents when they have really had nothing to do with their mother or father’s success? It has become very tiresome and makes you wonder what the child has to aspire to if it experiences something as great as 50,000 fans cheering their father or mother.
At the weekend the Springboks started the test against the Wallabies in shocking form and one has to wonder if having Victor Matfield’s children down there, whom they would be familiar with sharing the special moment of his 100th test may have distracted them.
There is a time and a place and this PC world we live in should stop for a second and let’s return to how it used to be. If the players want their mum and dad out there who ferried them to and from games as a child I have more empathy, but we will not see that.