Rugby referees should be under more scrutiny
It is time for referees to be held publicly accountable. Our players and coaches are, so why not refs?
Why is there this closed door mentality by referee bodies to protect their refereeing actions by silence?
Surely they too should front up to a media after game conference and be quizzed over their actions of the game.
There appears to be at lot of differences in interpretation between the northern and southern hemispheres.
Players have an after game conference, referees should be subject to the same scrutiny.
We need an explanation as to why some rules were being enforced more pedantically than others, and more specifically, why different hemisphere refs do things differently.
The other advantage is that the fan would get to learn more about the referee and his personality.
By including the assistant referees into the question time panel, it would provide a much better understanding as to the reasoning why a decision was made.
It could be a way to have explained publicly what the hierarchy has determined to be the focus of the match officials.
By opening the doors to understanding it defuses much of the confusion.
The panel should have the same option to decline replies to questions being asked that are inappropriate or vindictively personal and answer only questions about the game and how it was managed.
Naturally there will be questions about why many of the calls during the game were considered mysterious, misinterpreted or misunderstood.
A forthcoming explanation from the panel would overcome much of the ‘finger pointing’ that follows many matches.
Currently, the referee associations and associated bodies have an attitude of “neither confirm nor deny” when it comes to controversial rulings in the game. The IRB are opaque on the issue.
In the modern game, this lack of transparency is not good enough.
It is time for referees to remove the secret society attitude, front up and deliver.
Whether they believe it or not, they too, are players in the game.
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