Referees in Scotland
- Dec 20, 2017
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See, I disagree with this. As a referee with many years experience I still get things wrong or may make a decision that a player may find difficult to understand/accept. Provided it is done in an approriate way (at the right time, with respect, not argumentative, etc) I'm quite happy to address/discuss any interpretation with the captain or relevant player during the game. (on more than 1 occasion the captain/player has convinced me :redface
Further, sometimes I'll make a decision that I'll know immediately will raise eyebrows. In such cases, I'll go to lengths to explain why I made the decision.
I suspect that the SH in the OP kept harping on the same issue, so the ref finally got sick of it.
I agree with this but there still has to be limits. I’ll explain my interpretation, tell them what I believe the law says, but if they keep complaining after that they are liable to be penalized. Even if I’m wrong at the time they have to adapt to my interpretation. You can’t have players continually challenging your decisions throughout the game when you’ve already explained your rationale.
there will be times as a referee you are wrong and players right, unfortunately for the players you have to accept the interpretation and adapt accordingly. Then politely discuss it over the beer you buy for the ref in the bar afterwards with the laws app and this forum open on your phone!