McManus: It’s time to abolish video referees

This is an excerpt from a story published in today’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone.

St Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus has come out strongly against video referees, suggesting that the time may be right for their abolition.

McManus suggested that video referees are now making Rugby League harder to watch, contrasting the entertainment value of matches that are televised with those that aren’t.

“One thing that jumped out at me when comparing our last game against Salford to that of Wigan’s game against Salford the week before was that the lack of a video referee at our game – as it wasn’t televised – resulted in far fewer stoppages and, as a consequence, a much more exciting and entertaining game,” wrote McManus.

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