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I’d say hypocrisy is focusing on one or two mistakes by the referees as the cause of a defeat all the while completely ignoring the mistakes made by your team, which is what coaches have been known to do every now and then. If they want to shift the blame onto the refs, that’s what I’d like to see called out. Nothing more than that.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Yours is the exact attitude I disagree with. Saying outcomes rest on refereeing decisions, not players or coaches, is one-eyed nonsense. Focusing on training referees to deal with abuse, not on other people to stop dishing it out, is a band-aid solution that won’t fix this issue, merely paper over it.

And referees certainly aren’t getting paid millions to do their job.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Who said anything about journalists attacking coaches? There’s a fundamental difference between that and holding someone to account.

And I completely disagree with your second point. Forcing refs to justify every one of their decisions will only give fuel to their critics, who can then say “look, old mate made a mistake here, and another one there, which therefore cost team x the game.”

We don’t make players explain every one of their decisions, why should we do the same for refs?

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Thanks M. It sounds like the support is there for Cecchin. As per Webster:

But this season has been different. This season has been so heavy he’s needed to talk twice a day to his sport therapist, Rosie Stanimirovic. The NRL’s head of football, Brian Canavan, checks in daily.

The discussion around the administration is one for a different day. For the time being, I’d rather put the microscope on our attitude towards refs.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

I’m all for more journos in commentary boxes. It’d improve coverage across the board, and not just where refs are concerned.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Completely agree with that last paragraph of yours, Paul.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Spot on, Michael. Flanagan’s comments last week were rubbish, just like the Raiders can only blame themselves for missing the finals.

As for your story about your son’s cricket game, all I can say is I wish I ran into more parents like you when I was a ref.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Absolutely Nat – I daresay most people on this site, myself included, have thrown a few one-liners at refs in the past. That’s not going away and, for the most part, isn’t the issue. Just a matter of moving past this ref-blaming attitude that’s so prevalent these days, and trying to foster a culture of respect towards them.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Certainly not an easy fix, Rellum. But it’s one we should still strive for. Personally, I’d keep video refs. I reckon they improve the accuracy of decisions a fair bit, and it means there’s a bit of a level playing field in that refs have access to the same technology as fans. The focus should instead be on realising that a) some decisions will go against our team and b) it’s impossible to remove the human element from referees.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

What training are referees given on how to handle and deal with ongoing, non stop criticism.

That cannot be our approach to this. To hark back to a tried and true adage, prevention is better than the cure.

And no one should have to accept that they’re fair game for “manic derision” just because of their job. That’s the exact attitude we need to get rid of.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

So many amazing goals, there were always going to be a few we missed out on.

The Roar's 2018 World Cup awards: Player, game and goal of the tournament, and much, much more

Cheers for pointing that out Mark.

The Roar's 2018 World Cup awards: Player, game and goal of the tournament, and much, much more

The Japanese players tidying the dressing room was a great one too. Should have just given the award to the entire country!

The Roar's 2018 World Cup awards: Player, game and goal of the tournament, and much, much more

Jeez we’ve missed a trick there, haven’t we? Still can’t go past Spain-Portugal, for mine.

The Roar's 2018 World Cup awards: Player, game and goal of the tournament, and much, much more

Wayne, thanks for sharing your story. Depression and anxiety are real bastards – I remember reading (I think it was on a different comment thread on The Roar) that all they do is lie to you. Not too far from the truth, at least in my experience.

Speaking to my mental health struggles in sport

Played strong, done good. That’s a mighty fine career from Timmy. Don’t think any Socceroos fan will ever forget his goals against Japan or that strike against the Netherlands.

Tim Cahill retires from international football

Disagree r.e. Griezmann. Pogba and Mbappe were far more important to France’s attack, although I will admit Griezmann was excellent with the dead ball.

As for Lukaku, he mightn’t have touched the ball then, but his movement was absolutely crucial in setting up Belgium’s winner against Japan, and he provided the assist for de Bruyne with an outstanding run against Brazil. That’s contributing a fair bit in my book.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Yep, Godin right on the verge of my XI, so would have no problems seeing him there in others. Granqvist was outstanding all tournament for Sweden though.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Fair points all. In that kind of a toss-up, though, I was inclined to give the nod to the player on the more successful team.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Different player entirely, wasn’t he? Showed just how good he is when he’s engaged.

He won’t, but Jose Mourinho should have a chat to Deschamps and get some tips on how to get the most out of Pogba. The selfish Liverpool fan in me hopes he doesn’t, though.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Tempted as I was to throw him in there and then cross him out, thought I’d steer clear of that can of worms.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Oooh, tough to leave Pogba out. He was fantastic for France all tournament.

Suppose you can quite comfortably say the same for Hazard though.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Flip of a coin between those two. Before falling off in his last two matches, I reckon Lukaku had a better first four games than Cavani – just.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Kane was great off set pieces and from the penalty spot. In general play, he was mediocre at best all tournament.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Disagree. He was good, but I thought Varane was far steadier at the back. Plus, Varane didn’t throw his hand at the ball to give away a ridiculous penalty a la Umtiti.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018