Andrew O'Hagan complains today that the furore over the Fredalo incident is due more to England and Freddie's poor form than morality.
Well, duh !
We all have our ways of misbehaving / skiving / acting unprofessionally. In my own organisation, there are one or two lunchtime drinkers, people spend varying amounts of work time on the internet, many disappear to the gym, there's blogging of course - you get my drift. The point is, there are three tacit rules that must be observed.
1..You have to be good at your job. So long as you are achieving, a blind eye will continue to be turned, provided the behaviour is not too unreasonable. After all, everyone here works long hours - you can't be 100% all the time.
2..When the pressure comes on and there are key deadlines/targets to hit, you pack it in and knuckle down.
3..Be discreet. If the customers get wind of it, management can't protect you.
Sadly, by getting caught boozing by the public/media, during a World Cup, while out of form, Flintoff has broken all three aspects of the omerta. The England management team had no choice, but to take action.
Hopefully, this will be the wake-up call he needs to regain his focus and form.