09/06/2021 at 1:30 PM CEST
There is much talk that rugby is a ‘gentlemen’s sport’, and sometimes actions speak louder than words.
The International Rugby Federation does not admit any type of disrespect to the referees of the matches, and he wanted to show a strong hand in his last decision. The RFL announced this week a Lifetime suspension of a player who physically assaulted a referee during a team match.
Josh nathaniel, from Milford, attacked the referee Joe stearne after an expulsion in the clash that faced them Oulton Raiders, which was suspended after the incident.
The league has opted for the biggest punishment it can give, and that is a lifetime ban on officially playing rugby again.
In different official statements, the president of the competition and that of the federation, agreed that these “unacceptable” actions must be “eradicated”, and that “respect for the referees, at all levels, is imperative in our sport” .
“If incidents like this are not responded to with severe punishments, it would send the wrong messageat the same time we are trying to expand our umpire base, “said Steve Ganson, president of the RFL umpires.
“Umpire abuse is a significant problem in most sporting events and it is important that we realize that in any sport this is unacceptable. A commonly used phrase is that without referees there are no games. These abuses seriously damage our goal of enhancing registration and retaining referees, “he added.