If you're an adult who has ceased to be shocked by random acts of violence, you should watch YouTube footage of the riot between fans of Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade at the Maksimir Stadium in May 1990. What you see isn't mutual dislike or irritation - it's undiluted hatred. It also marked the beginning of the end for Yugoslav football. A couple of years later, the country itself would cease to exist, fragmented by a series of wars and skirmishes that saw some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind.
The most disturbing aspect of the Tim May-Laxman Sivaramakrishnan affair is the unmistakable aftertaste it left of cricket going down that Balkan route. Not to war and genocide, but to two extreme positions whose adherents completely ignore the language of compromise. Having said that, some of the things written about N Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), do make you wonder if he is indeed Slobodan Milosevic's long-lost twin. You know breaking point has been reached when a cricket administrator is described as "dangerous".
Siva's election ahead of May was certainly a surprise to many. May has been at the forefront of the players' struggle for rights, whether through chasing delayed payments or negotiating with cricket boards for more sensible itineraries. As for Siva, we have no idea whether he's a champion of players' rights - India haven't had an association worth the name for decades.