I see what you're saying but in my opinion there is a difference. A fight is one thing and whilst what Bailey did was bad, he was trying to get him off so that he could get up. Radford was hitting somebody who wasn't hitting back. I'm not against fighting in the game and I'm glad we're nowhere near Football where you get sent off for standing within 2 metres of another player, but as a sport we can't condone thuggery like that.
I agree he should have probably gone. But Bailey not getting punished was an injustice, not just for the elbowing, but the carrying on afterwards.
It's sends out the wrong message. You can elbow someone in the head and kick off like a b*tch as much as you like afterwards when he hits you back, including throwing a head butt at a completely different player. Where's the consistency?
You can't hold down a player on the break one week (punishable by a penalty and a sin-binning for the offender), but the round after you not only don't get a card, you don't even get a penalty. Consistency?
You can ask the referee as much as you like to go to the screen one week for a try that many think was a clear double movement, but he will do nothing. The round after, he will go to the screen for an incident that was a clear cut try for all to see and even the video ref only looked at it once, with the only reason being all the Leeds players surrounded him. Consistency?
The same referee. One team is the same. Does he not like Hull? Is he influenced more by the other teams? I don't know. But there has to be some sort of reason why he would be completely different in his approach to exactly the same incidents. Referees miss incidents all the time, of that I can forgive them as they are only human. But when you have a full time professional referee making conflicting decisions within the space of two weeks in incidents he has a clear view of, you have to question his ability to carry out the job at hand.
I very rarely bash referees, and people on here can back me up on that. But this really infuriated me last night.