Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

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Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by josie andrews » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:28 am

Referees’ chief Steve Ganson has pleaded for the game as a whole to consider its treatment of match officials following a rise in incidents of dissent.

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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by josie andrews » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:19 am

Ganson: Stop focusing on match officials

Referee’s boss Steve Ganson says too much of the sport is focused on match officials.

He has urged players, coaches, commentators and fans to take their attention away from the man in the middle.

The RFL statement released by Ganson comes a week after the ugly scenes in Perpignan which saw a mass brawl between Catalans and Warrington players at full-time.


Futhermore, he adds that dissent towards match officials will not be tolerated and players will face consequences if it shows no signs of letting up.

Ganson’s statement reads: “It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, for everyone in the match officials department. We will handle that – our referees are hard-working, with really high levels of resilience, and we provide them with as much support as possible. But I do think this might a good time for all sections of the game to take a step back, and reflect – especially as we approach the business end of the season, when the game is in the national shop window, but when the pressures also increase.

“One specific example that anyone watching televised fixtures in the last couple of weeks will have noted, is the question of on-field dissent. We’ve seen a worrying trend emerging, where certain players seem to feel it is their right to question, to argue, or in extreme cases to engage in a running battle with match officials. I think it’s important for me to say publically now, so that supporters are aware as well as players and coaches – dissent towards the match officials will not be tolerated. It’s up to the players – if they choose to do it, they should expect the consequences.

“Referees can penalise, advance the mark 10 metres, sin-bin and even dismiss. Captains are entitled to seek clarification on a ruling, but not to continue to debate. I’ve seen examples of players trying to convince referees visually and verbally to rule against the opposition – for me, that’s not acceptable in Rugby League.

“The introduction of the RFL’s Enjoy the Game campaign, building on the progress made under the Respect banner in recent years, was an attempt to stress the positives of good behaviour, at all levels. What happens in the professional game does affect what happens in grassroots and junior rugby. When match officials are blamed for a defeat, that has an impact – on our recruitment and retention of aspiring officials, as well as the behaviour of those at lower levels.

“Of course our officials make mistakes – they are doing a very difficult job, and often on reviewing games, calls remain very tight and continue to split opinion. They are held to high account, and reviewed meticulously, with KPIs analysed independently working with Opta Sports alongside their own detailed self-analysis. But when they are presented as the major or only reason a team has suffered a loss, I think it often says more about the person saying that than about the officials themselves.

“It’s not only the players on the field who have a responsibility to the game. The focus of our sport is so often directed towards the match officials, whether that’s from coaches, commentators or fans. Perhaps after a number of disappointing incidents through the course of the season, there’s a chance that for the next couple of months we could focus more on the positive attributes – the physical and mental toughness of the players, the skills on show, the sportsmanship which remains a great asset, the brilliant tries, the wonderful contests we’ve got coming up. It’s not only match officials who would benefit if we could all remember those three words – Enjoy the Game.”

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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by Wigan_forever1985 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:36 pm

The refs need more help IMO, constant rule changes dont help the situation. Also it doesnt help when the focus changes every year and sometimes mid year, the refs are obviously briefed to pick up on certain things like moving off the mark or obstruction. What tends to happen is there is a load of random penalties as teams are all of a sudden getting it for something them and everyone else has been doing for ages.

We need to be more consistent and help refs out
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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by shaunedwardsfanclub » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:08 pm

Dissent should attract zero tolerance.
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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by fozzieskem » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:27 pm

About time Mr Ganson popped his head after the way Child’s was left to face the music last week.

But yes it is unacceptable for them to face the abuse they do,it’s all well and good saying this,that or the other about a call the ref makes,more often than not they get the call right.

They’re human so error will come into it,so we have to accept that.

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Post by Mike » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:42 pm

Wigan_forever1985 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:36 pm
The refs need more help IMO, constant rule changes dont help the situation. Also it doesnt help when the focus changes every year and sometimes mid year, the refs are obviously briefed to pick up on certain things like moving off the mark or obstruction. What tends to happen is there is a load of random penalties as teams are all of a sudden getting it for something them and everyone else has been doing for ages.

We need to be more consistent and help refs out

The refs are the ones that come up with those stupid reinterpretations in the first place.

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Post by Mike » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:43 pm

shaunedwardsfanclub wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:08 pm
Dissent should attract zero tolerance.
This "re-interpretation" I would have no problem with. I remember teams getting marched 10m back loads in the past, the refs let the players get away with way more now than they did 20 years ago.

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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by OAMJSONA » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:02 pm

I for one have questioned the parentage of many a referee over the past 50 odd years or watching rugby league but one thing that as never changed nor should it is the fact they are in charge and never be haranged, harrassed, verbally abused or touched by any player on that field, anyone doing so should have the book thrown at them

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Re: Steve Ganson says referee abuse will not be tolerated

Post by jobo » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:29 pm

Reckon it's down to this buddying up between the ref and players. It's all very well being pals, that is until the ref makes a decision the player(s) disagree with. The friendliness is then regarded as betrayal.

IMO, all the players should be called by their numbers, not names and the ref's judgement must be sacrosanct. This is assuming that the ref isn't on the take but the fan's will sort that one out.

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