thirteenthman Posted July 31, 2010 Share Posted July 31, 2010 Putting aside the OTT reaction to last night's game elsewhere on the forum, it does raise the question of the actual rule whereby referees can put players on report. According to the Rothmans Yearbook 95/96, the rule was introduced on March 1st 1994. It enabled a referee who was uncertain about possible foul play to report the incident to the RFL, who would then study the video to determine whether to refer the player to the disciplinary committee. Is this still the case, because it does appear that referees now use it as a way of avoiding making a decision, thereby avoiding any accusations of 'spoiling the game' by sending a man off. With a referee, 2 touch judges and a video referee at last night's game, Mr Ganson still put the Ablett/Tomkins incident on report. He even said to Carl Ablett something like 'You're in enough trouble', suggesting that he saw what went on. The biggest problem is that the team on the receiving end of the foul play don't gain any benefit from any subsequent ban given out to the player. Perhaps the offending player put on report should be sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes. Or maybe, any subsequent ban on the player should include a match against the same team. E.g. Carl Ablett gets a 3 match ban, so 1 of those games should be next time he plays against Wigan, regradless of which club he happens to be playing for. You could argue that the rule should be taken out of the game, so referees are forced to make a decison on the spot. If the ref misses anything (shurely not?) the incident could be reported by a video ref or off field official after the game and looked at by the RFL. Of course, whatever you do to the rules, you can't legislate for a sub-standard refereeing display. That's one thing that'll never change. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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