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#41 tim2

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE (Allan Marsden @ Sep 9 2010, 10:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The whole saga was a farce. The RFL look stupid from start to finish. Time for Cummings to go.


Why? The RFL has set up an independent disciplinary committee and has an appeals process that is legally correct and is accepted by the constituent clubs.

The Referee and TJ have seen an incident at the time and acted on what they saw - Bailey's contact with Radford is obviously up for debate even with the hindsight of video replay. Radford clearly punched Bailey several times, which is a red card offence. Not too much wrong with what happened on the field, hence what's it got to do with Stuart Cummings?

Obviously the second panel who reviewed tha appeal differed from the first panel. This is a consequence of the independent process and also happens in our law courts.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:44 AM

QUOTE (tim2 @ Sep 10 2010, 11:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why? The RFL has set up an independent disciplinary committee and has an appeals process that is legally correct and is accepted by the constituent clubs.

The Referee and TJ have seen an incident at the time and acted on what they saw - Bailey's contact with Radford is obviously up for debate even with the hindsight of video replay. Radford clearly punched Bailey several times, which is a red card offence. Not too much wrong with what happened on the field, hence what's it got to do with Stuart Cummings?

Obviously the second panel who reviewed tha appeal differed from the first panel. This is a consequence of the independent process and also happens in our law courts.


In fact Tim, what's it got to do with the Match Officials department at all once the game has finished and the report of the incident has been made. The average rugby league fan has no comprehension of the fact that the match review panel and then disciplinary panel has absolutely nothing to do wth the match officials department and just try to use this lack of understanding as a stick to beat the department with and in doing so show their own prejudices and maybe even stupidity.

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#43 maroonandgold

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:50 AM

I don't see the need for the appeals process in its current guise. If all things are properly considered at the original hearing there should be no appeal.
If something is missed or comes to light afterward then fair enough, appeal.
It would stop initial sentences being too high just so they can be reduced by subsequent appeals....

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#44 Allan Marsden

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (tim2 @ Sep 10 2010, 11:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why? The RFL has set up an independent disciplinary committee and has an appeals process that is legally correct and is accepted by the constituent clubs.

The Referee and TJ have seen an incident at the time and acted on what they saw - Bailey's contact with Radford is obviously up for debate even with the hindsight of video replay. Radford clearly punched Bailey several times, which is a red card offence. Not too much wrong with what happened on the field, hence what's it got to do with Stuart Cummings?

Obviously the second panel who reviewed tha appeal differed from the first panel. This is a consequence of the independent process and also happens in our law courts.


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Farce from Start

Firstly we had referees interpreting punching differently and having a major impact on the outcome of RL matches and the final placings of the League. Radford was sent off. Seemingly, this is the latest edict from Cummings. In the opinion of most fans, most neutral and many ex professional players, this was a bad decision and typical of the over reaction that characterises Ian Smith. However, if Smith was following instruction and it would be fair to assume he was (he is not the first referee to dismiss players for punching in recent weeks) then the blame lies with Cummings. That decision cost Hull a win IMO and impacted on the league placings of Hull and Leeds. The very same weekend, Paul Wellens was not sent off for an identical scenario by Ben Thaler. One was right and the other was wrong depending upon what the officials have been instructed by Cummings. Thaler's decision impacted upon Castleford and Crusaders greatly but also Saints and Wire. So we had a vital weekend of matches where referees were critical in determining outcomes with glaring inconsistency.

We now pay our referees a very good income. We were assured by Stuart Cummings that full time officials would equate to better officiating. These officials now have 100% time / focus / energy working as a collective group YET they are still inconsistent and worse than in previous seasons. The standard in 2010 has been awful. So on that basis the person in charge, Cummings needs to go.

A word on the farce for sending players off for punching. NO player IIRC has ever been hurt badly by a fight. Fans may say otherwise but they get excited by a bit of biff. Our sport is a physical contest of real strength nowhere more than in the front row. Here we had the first 10 minutes of a vital highly charged contest and such things happen. A sin bin for both players would have sufficed and been far better. IMAGINE the best RL spectacle, the State of Origin. Had Ian Smith made such a farcical decision in one of those game the Aussies would not have been throwing beer cans at him, they would have lynched him. In the NRL, officials are held genuinely accountable by the media (our is spineless) but also by the sport itself. In recent weeks 2 NRL match officials have been dropped and whatsmore one, Bill Harrigan came out and said I got it wrong, I need to pay the price. Robert Finch - Cummings in the NRL will come out and say the referee got it wrong. Such actions never happen here.

Ryan Bailey was not even warned for an attempted head but. Farcical given the present RFL stance.

The judiciary. Yes we have an appeal procedure and I am livid that my own club seems to operate a no appeal policy because IMO EVERY club must appeal from now on because the discrepancy was farcical.

People talk about the courts of law having the right of appeal but that normally requires new evidence does it not? Here we had a RFL panel watching / listening to a case and giving a decision. A fresh panel 24 hours later watching / listening to exactly the same case a giving a completely diffierent decision. Imagine if that happened in a Court of Law. It would not and there is an overiding expectation that the law of the land is consistently applied otherwise uproar would ensue. Yet in RL we celebrate INCONSISTENCY which IMO is a farce.

We have no media holding the game to account and many fans are blind.

#45 Allan Marsden

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:29 AM

QUOTE (sallywt @ Sep 10 2010, 11:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In fact Tim, what's it got to do with the Match Officials department at all once the game has finished and the report of the incident has been made. The average rugby league fan has no comprehension of the fact that the match review panel and then disciplinary panel has absolutely nothing to do wth the match officials department and just try to use this lack of understanding as a stick to beat the department with and in doing so show their own prejudices and maybe even stupidity.


You will find most understand that and IMO Match officials are not supported and the game is let down by a weak post match disciplinary procedure. No prejudice or stupidit here love wink.gif JK BTW tongue.gif There is a view that I think has some credence that because squads have no depth at the best of times that behind the scenes the word has been to go lightly with punishment so as to not weaken teams any more than they already are under a salary cap regime. Hence, no true backing for match officials.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:37 PM

QUOTE (Allan Marsden @ Sep 10 2010, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Read and learn wink.gif

Farce from Start

Firstly we had referees interpreting punching differently and having a major impact on the outcome of RL matches and the final placings of the League. Radford was sent off. Seemingly, this is the latest edict from Cummings. In the opinion of most fans, most neutral and many ex professional players, this was a bad decision and typical of the over reaction that characterises Ian Smith. However, if Smith was following instruction and it would be fair to assume he was (he is not the first referee to dismiss players for punching in recent weeks) then the blame lies with Cummings. That decision cost Hull a win IMO and impacted on the league placings of Hull and Leeds. The very same weekend, Paul Wellens was not sent off for an identical scenario by Ben Thaler. One was right and the other was wrong depending upon what the officials have been instructed by Cummings. Thaler's decision impacted upon Castleford and Crusaders greatly but also Saints and Wire. So we had a vital weekend of matches where referees were critical in determining outcomes with glaring inconsistency.

We now pay our referees a very good income. We were assured by Stuart Cummings that full time officials would equate to better officiating. These officials now have 100% time / focus / energy working as a collective group YET they are still inconsistent and worse than in previous seasons. The standard in 2010 has been awful. So on that basis the person in charge, Cummings needs to go.

A word on the farce for sending players off for punching. NO player IIRC has ever been hurt badly by a fight. Fans may say otherwise but they get excited by a bit of biff. Our sport is a physical contest of real strength nowhere more than in the front row. Here we had the first 10 minutes of a vital highly charged contest and such things happen. A sin bin for both players would have sufficed and been far better. IMAGINE the best RL spectacle, the State of Origin. Had Ian Smith made such a farcical decision in one of those game the Aussies would not have been throwing beer cans at him, they would have lynched him. In the NRL, officials are held genuinely accountable by the media (our is spineless) but also by the sport itself. In recent weeks 2 NRL match officials have been dropped and whatsmore one, Bill Harrigan came out and said I got it wrong, I need to pay the price. Robert Finch - Cummings in the NRL will come out and say the referee got it wrong. Such actions never happen here.

Ryan Bailey was not even warned for an attempted head but. Farcical given the present RFL stance.

The judiciary. Yes we have an appeal procedure and I am livid that my own club seems to operate a no appeal policy because IMO EVERY club must appeal from now on because the discrepancy was farcical.

People talk about the courts of law having the right of appeal but that normally requires new evidence does it not? Here we had a RFL panel watching / listening to a case and giving a decision. A fresh panel 24 hours later watching / listening to exactly the same case a giving a completely diffierent decision. Imagine if that happened in a Court of Law. It would not and there is an overiding expectation that the law of the land is consistently applied otherwise uproar would ensue. Yet in RL we celebrate INCONSISTENCY which IMO is a farce.

We have no media holding the game to account and many fans are blind.



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#47 yehhoo

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:38 PM


What a lot seem to have missed is the first hearing should of not been allowed as no court judge there.

They said Radford not provoked.
Then panal with a judge says Radford was provoked, so does this show we need a panal that is not any thing to do with our sport and its biased minded people.

Said in first report that they took in to consideration Radfords 15 years of never been sent off, then give him the max fine and penalty for the offence.

Truely illogical

#48 tim2

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE (Allan Marsden @ Sep 10 2010, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Robert Finch - Cummings in the NRL will come out and say the referee got it wrong. Such actions never happen here.


Yes they do. A referee made a mistake in a Championship game earlier this year and I enquired about it. Stuart said he was wrong and what's more, the ref didn't do a game the following week.

Good point about the appeal, although similar things do happen in the courts. They didn't find him Not Guilty, as he still pleaded Guilty, they just reduced the sentence.

I'm not sure that asking for leniency on the grounds that the next game is a Hull derby is a good idea. It should be totally irrelevant. I'm still unsure why the first panel didn't think that he was provoked.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:31 AM

QUOTE (Dave T @ Sep 10 2010, 10:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any specific examples of somebody gettng sent off for throwing a punch and missing?


I know its not a sending off but Calderwood got sin binned in the last derby match for not throwing a punch, does that count? wink.gif

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