What would solve the problem of referees’ mistakes causing severe player frustration?
A referee does his job on the pitch every week.
A player does his job on the pitch every week.
Yes the referee makes mistakes.
Yes the players make mistakes.
The referee is paid to judge the game, a mistake from him has MUCH more of a consequence than that of a player making a mistake.
Does the referee earn a salary in proportion to the importance of his mistake when compared to the salary of a player and the importance of a mistake by him? NOT EVEN CLOSE.
Are some teams justified in believing that certain refs are biased against them?
Let’s use the example of the Bulls and Jonathan Kaplan, when they complained about him a season or two ago. Their complaint was based on 3 or 4 matches that he had refereed them, in that season. At the time it was then pointed out that in most cases other refs had blown them for exactly the same things that JK had, but because he had refereed them more times they felt HE was victimizing them, when in fact almost all the refs had been nailing them for the same thing.
Same with Willie Roos (and I DON’T know the figures) but how many times has he refereed the Stormers for them to behave in such a way towards him? I know of ONCE this season.
Do the Sharks throw a tantrum when Steve Walsh penalizes them? A mistake by him cost us the S14 final after all. Neither Sharks players nor supporters have abused him in any way.
A mistake by a ref is missing a knock or calling a flat pass, forward or in more extreme cases giving a card where it is not due.
A mistake by a player is knocking the ball on or passing it forward or in some cases causing himself to be sent of because of a more extreme transgression.
What Schalk Burger did on Saturday was NOT a simple mistake. He threw his toys big time. If a referee threw his toys at a player in such a way he would also be kicked off a panel quicker than you can say “Give back you whistle”.
This does not excuse the fact that a bad refereeing decision from the week before has caused some animosity between the Stormers and Willie Roos. And even then depending on WHO you speak to will determine if the animosity is justified or not. If you speak to Andre Watson then the animosity is not justified as he believes the try by the Bulls after stealing the ball at the ruck was legitimate, but if you speak to Tappe Henning you would feel it is justified as he believed that Willie Roos made a mistake.
Had the Stormers won that game they would not have been in the press complaining about Willie Roos last week.
None of this solves the problem of referees making mistakes though. What would solve the problem?
Paying the referees salaries in line with their importance in the match? And in doing this being able to hit them harder when they make mistakes?
Having the same PUBLIC announcements, similar to team announcements on a weekly basis of who is in and who is out of the top group?
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