Once again, the match officials of our great sport were heavily criticised and it has happened all season.
In light of Saturday’s incident between England and Tonga, supporters continue to use the excuse of match officials to decide their games.
But in reality, supporters need to realise a few things: they’re human beings, they bravely run out and do a job in front of millions and are actually correct most, if not, all the time but people are far too ignorant to realise as such!
Going back to the World Cup semi-final, many, especially Tongans, thought they were unjustly cheated out of a final berth to face Australia in Brisbane.
Rubbish! The incident did face some controversy but had it been further back in field, the decision, guaranteed, would have been treat as any other!
Incidents marred by much more controversy have surfaced and never before has there been a petition claimed to overturn an incident!
Just look at Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos in 2007 or Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers incidents in 2013.
The match officials were proved incorrect at both but no backlash has emerged from both, merely complaints which are human nature.
Starting a petition to overturn a decision was one of the biggest farces probably of sport and hopefully one that will never repeat.
In truth in the match, credit to Tonga for coming back well but rugby league is an 80 minute game, not six! So review your own faults first before blaming anyone else!
This also goes for any other game in the sport itself, rugby league is not only hard to play but also hard to officiate without a doubt.
Think of all he has to look out for, the play the ball, offside’s, obstruction, you name it, from a total of 26 players on the field!
Our beautiful sport has developed believe it or not and to a point of where anyone who cares to comment at any point are easily capable of mistakes.
Yes, the sport does have access to video technology, as did the aforementioned fixtures but the Matt Cecchin, being in a very credible place, made the call and he got it spot on!
It takes a lot of guts to do a job and make such calls as the video referee is not guaranteed to possess the best camera angles qualified for such a judgement.
So credit to him and the others for entering the field and doing the job plus further credit as they can admit mistakes and correct them next time they take to the field.
That is expected in any form of employment but when you see others make comparisons, it is laughable as you facing such pressure from millions live on television or thousands at the match?
They have it difficult enough without so called “experts” attempting to make the decisions and control the outcomes for them, especially as not everyone wants the same thing!
So please, get off the back of Matt Cecchin and the others in future and focus on your own team!
No one is perfect after all, mistakes are part of everyday life and rugby league match officials are not any different, neither are the players.
But then again, if you are such an expert, who possesses so much guts n your own system, then by all means, sign up for a course and do the job yourself.
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