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RFL referees launch twitter account

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#AsktheRef

 

Super League fans will have a unique chance to hear directly from the men in the middle after the launch of a ground-breaking new dedicated refereeing Twitter account: @RFLReferees.

 

Super League’s whistle-blowers will take to the social media platform every Tuesday to answer questions about the big gameday decisions, interpretations and general refereeing queries – the first time in sporting history that fans will have direct-level access to referees.

 

Fans with a query simply have to tweet the @RFLReferees account using #AsktheRef and each week one of Super League’s referring panel will give their insight into the reasons behind each call.

 

A transcript of tweets and replies will also be posted on the RFL official website, where fans can read the responses, comments and thinking behind the decisions and the men who make them.

 

Abusive messages and messages containing foul language will not be responded to under any circumstance.

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Nathan Clarke

Media Executive

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Brilliant idea.

However, I can see @RLMeltdown having to shut down through lack of interest - all of the idiots will be out in force on this one.

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Cracking initiative from the RFL - I do hope it's not abused and becomes a success

Can you imagine if there was one for Football!!!

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First question up was from Tony Hannan about his dishwasher. Hilarious.

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We've got gorgeous george on sunday, i'm already struggling not to ask about how he enjoyed his time playing Beaker on The Muppets / Sesame St

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Well of course it's going to get ugly, let's be honest there aren't many sensible questions that can be asked [or answered] in 140 characters, particularly on the finer points of the rules. Good idea, Wrong format.

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Always assuming that this ends up being constructive rather than the usual tirade of rubbish some people tend to spout (dangerous assumption I know ;-) I wonder how long this will last before the coaches pull the plug on this as they have with other such initiatives.

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Always assuming that this ends up being constructive rather than the usual tirade of rubbish some people tend to spout (dangerous assumption I know ;-) I wonder how long this will last before the coaches pull the plug on this as they have with other such initiatives.

You mean like the Video ref explaining his thoughts as he deliberates....

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Remember when Greg McCallum had a column in Open Rugby/RLW, responding to fans' questions about refereeing decisions? How long did that last?

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You mean like the Video ref explaining his thoughts as he deliberates....

 

No I mean like the Ask Stuart column.  The reason we don't hear the VR comments on SKY is because it takes away their ability to create controversy where there is none.

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I think it is an excellent idea but unfortunately one that has already been abused. The language I've seen in a lot of tweets has been disgusting. I tweet Richard Silverwood every now and again and he always replies. I suggesting that referees deserve the right to explain their decisions (almost defend themselves) and he said he'd happily get involved after he reviewed the game he officiated. As a respectful admirer of our officials I think it is worth considering.

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In theory a great idea,that won't last long due to idiocy of some people.I suspect it will go the same way as Phil Clarke's "margin meter".

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RLmeltdown having a field day, some absolute idiots posting on twitter. Will likely be removed soon.

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In theory a great idea,that won't last long due to idiocy of some people.I suspect it will go the same way as Phil Clarke's "margin meter".

 

Give people one chance only and if abuse occurs, block them. My mate just tweeted them to say 'Just block me now'. They obligued haha.

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Give people one chance only and if abuse occurs, block them. My mate just tweeted them to say 'Just block me now'. They obligued haha.

Why abuse them in the first place,hasn't the account been made to answer questions.Yet another outlet for  keyboard warriors to try and act tough.

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Already plenty of abuse I noticed last night.

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Why abuse them in the first place,hasn't the account been made to answer questions.Yet another outlet for  keyboard warriors to try and act tough.

 

Because you should never underestimate the predictability of abusiveness :)

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Give people one chance only and if abuse occurs, block them. My mate just tweeted them to say 'Just block me now'. They obligued haha.

 

Your mate sounds like a bit of a loser, with very little self control...

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When Twitter first got big, it was mostly with the hazelnut latte brigade and a few comedians. Seems to be mostly scroats these days.

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Your mate sounds like a bit of a loser, with very little self control...

 

On the contrary, Gav he is an intelligent bloke who knows a lot about the game and one of few people I listen to intently. If he was anything else I wouldn't defend him. I should have probably clarified that his tweet was somewhat tongue-in-cheek but the refs blocked him anyway.

 

On the subject of Twitter, you posted that 90% of people don't get why the account was set up, something I agree with. It saddens me to see fellow supporters abusing people within the game, but I guess it is easy to do it anonymously over the internet.

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Because you should never underestimate the predictability of abusiveness :)

:rolleyes:

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On the contrary, Gav he is an intelligent bloke who knows a lot about the game and one of few people I listen to intently. If he was anything else I wouldn't defend him. I should have probably clarified that his tweet was somewhat tongue-in-cheek but the refs blocked him anyway.

 

Ah well thats fair enough then, I've lost count of the amount of times sarcasm and a cheeky joke has completely flown over folks heads on there!

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