Unless you've been living on Mars, even those who have absolutely no interest in sport on TV will have seen the news reports coming in of the allegations of the behaviour of footballers (either code) when it comes to the women they encounter. The culture that these men have been living in that encourages them to stick by their mates no matter what and the feelings of invincibility bestowed on them by a public in need of distractions and by corporate execs in need of advertising revenue has finally come into the spotlight as spilling over into their lives off the field and into their private lives, and the lives of those they have affected with their animilistic behaviour. While it can be argued that some of the women at the centre of the rape/pack rape allegations knew they were heading into an uncertain situation, going back to a players hotel room for example, nothing can excuse the events that occurred without the victim's consent. In one case, a women who had agreed to go back to a players hotel room, and slept with the player, was forced to lie in the bed while the rest of the team had their way with her also. This is the most vile and evil act a person can do to another human being, the demoralising act of forcing a person to surrender her body to the viscious needs of a testosterone fueled pack of dogs who have been led to believe that they can do what they like and soldier on to the next conquest is disgusting. Now you can't hold an organisation responsible for the actions of an individual or a group of individuals, even a team. But what about when the larger corporation they belong to steps in? What about when they step in and try to cover it up? When they offer money to the women involved to silence them? To the women's credit, they have refused the money and are, among more women starting to come forward with similar claims and allegations, spearheading legal action. I don't think this is quite good enough. We now have a large number of women coming forward, many at the risk of upsetting or even destroying the life they now have and have gotten on with since their various incidents, and two large business entities protecting the players and trying to cover it up. It's now time for the government to step in and remove this from the hands of individual lawyers, courts and prosecutors. It's time for a Royal Commission into these allegations and the acts of the two codes governing bodies to try and sweep this under the carpet and cover it up. Doubtless some will see this as not necesary and will be happy to let this go, or even just sacrifice the odd player here & there so it doesn't interrupt next weekends game. But doing this will only add further to the fantasy these men live in that they can continue to do what they want with that feeling of invincibility and the sure feeling that the team, or the corporate heads will bail them out if they have the whistle blown on them. I'd be interested in other people's opinions on this. Should there be a royal commission into the two codes? Do team sportsmen see anything wrong with this kind of thing? Is this going to be dealt with or do you think it'll just quietly fade away?