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- Nov 10, 2003
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Is it beyond the refs power? If players are acting in any way that’s liable to create a negative reaction or future flash point in the game and you have an opportunity to manage it then I say go for it, makes your life easier, makes the game better
I agree with core values
But I think referee should confine themselves to the sanctions in the law book .. ie warning , PK , YC , RC
I think that telling players to shake hands, or telling players to apologise is treating them as children.
You may get away with it, but they won't like you for it, and I don't think that's a safe way of 'managing it', it could backfire
If they refused to apologise, I wouldn't have thought there was much a Ref can do. But the offender could well find himself on the wrong side of a 50/50 decision.... And what as a ref if you are going to do if the player(s) refuse? card them for ref abuse ie not following your instruction?