An entirely extraordinary demand being made in this case concerning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the alleged rapes in Norway.
Innocent people should be fired, refused the ability to work and feed their family. Sounds a bit absurd, evil in fact, but that is the demand being made:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not have picked a player charged with rape while he was awaiting trial, the lawyer who fought the decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys has insisted.
After an alleged rape victim condemned Solsjkaer’s decision to continue fielding Babacar Sarr, the man accused by her and two other women while the Manchester United manager was at Molde, Harriet Wistrich agreed players who have been charged with such crimes should be suspended by their clubs.
The woman criticising Solsjkaer told The Daily Telegraph there was no way a taxi driver would be allowed to continue working if charged with rape and Wistrich, one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of violence against women and the director of the Centre for Women’s Justice, said the same should have applied in her own case.
“There is an issue about innocent-until-proven-otherwise,” Wistrich said. “But once the issues are out there and it’s clear – as the woman says – that it’s not simply an allegation but he’s been charged, he should certainly have been suspended then, at the very least.
The innocent until proven otherwise isn’t an issue, it’s the issue. We’re all of us free to go about our legal business as we wish, unless and until there is a proven case against us for whatever it is. At which point sure, throw the book, lock that prison cell and dispose of the key. But the punishment comes after the conviction, not before.
And yes, being thrown out of work is punishment. Being deprived of your income is punishment.
All of this, of course, before we consider the basic issue here. An employer may employ who he wishes, when and how. If that includes convicted criminals, let alone those with an allegation against them, then so be it, their business, their reputation.