Des Hasler’s outburst a symptom of a sick system
Every week we are seeing more and more bad decisions by the refs, both on the field and in the video box. Not only are the decisions poor, but there is no consistency with interpretation of the rules.
When a player puts in consistently bad performances, they have to answer to their coach. When the coach comes under criticism, it is the board who make the call.
But who polices the police? Who do the refs answer to? Bill Harrigan is supposed to keep these guys in check and get them to be the best he can but from what I can see, that is obviously not happening.
Since the start of the season we have been talking about bad calls, missed calls and inconsistency. Even outside of match time, the judiciary has been all over the place when it comes to the penalties they are handing out.
A player’s profile should not matter when they come before the judiciary. However, it seems that the more well known a player is, the lesser their sentence is.
And this has been happening at the highest levels of the game – some of the calls in Origin this year were the worst of the bunch.
What’s happening, Billy?
Yes being a ref is a hard job. No one doubts that. But it is their responsibility to get the calls right or as close to right as possible.
I don’t think I have heard as many complaints by coaches since Greg Hartley and the Grasshopper.
When fans pay good money to go and see their team play they want the players to decide who wins the game, not the match officials.
In too many matches recently, the momentum of the game has completely changed due to a bad call.
And with the $10,000 punishment handed out for questioning match officials, it is hard to get a constructive debate going about how to fix these obvious issues.
Top coaches and players should be able to ask “what is going on?” without fear of punishment.
It seems that, under our current structure, referees are untouchable, no matter how many mistakes they make.