Matt Cecchin to retire



  • The referees do have a tough job, they get abused by fans, discredited by the media, and their own organisation (or organisation over-arching above them) pressures them to do their job in particular ways subject to the political in-house opinion of the powerbrokers of the day.

    The refs are not personally corrupt, but I don’t believe they are fair or impartial either. They do what they have been told, and that can change from week to week. The whole NRL is swelling with political pressures and it absolutely stinks.

    On an aside, as the referees I feel are stuck in the same mess as us fans and they are not really responsible for the mess themselves, I think the NRL needs to implement a new rule with refs - No player can argue with the ref, at all. No exceptions. No arguing, no questioning, nothing. A captain can ask a polite question, but if it isn’t polite enough, instant sin bin for the captain. Instant sin bin for anyone else for talking to the ref also. They need to instil a ref’s decision is final, accept it, if they’re wrong too bad.

    The refs are being politically pressured to do certain things and they aren’t even backed by those pressuring them. That’s the problem.



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    The referees do have a tough job, they get abused by fans, discredited by the media, and their own organisation (or organisation over-arching above them) pressures them to do their job in particular ways subject to the political in-house opinion of the powerbrokers of the day.

    The refs are not personally corrupt, but I don’t believe they are fair or impartial either. They do what they have been told, and that can change from week to week. The whole NRL is swelling with political pressures and it absolutely stinks.

    On an aside, as the referees I feel are stuck in the same mess as us fans and they are not really responsible for the mess themselves, I think the NRL needs to implement a new rule with refs - No player can argue with the ref, at all. No exceptions. No arguing, no questioning, nothing. A captain can ask a polite question, but if it isn’t polite enough, instant sin bin for the captain. Instant sin bin for anyone else for talking to the ref also. They need to instil a ref’s decision is final, accept it, if they’re wrong too bad.

    The refs are being politically pressured to do certain things and they aren’t even backed by those pressuring them. That’s the problem.

    This IS the problem.



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    Feel for the bloke.

    I don’t think any refs are on the take, their poor decisions frustrate me but to threaten him or his family is lower than a snakes gut.

    This is also true.Please read above for the REAL root of the problem.



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    Alot of whispers for a while that Bernie Sutton has been trying to get Cecchin out of the ref ranks for personal reasons.

    This may be a result of that, knowing he has been demoted from alof the big games this year.

    Actually dont mind him as a ref.

    Its not as if he has a brother as a ref.Oh wait.



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    Alot of whispers for a while that Bernie Sutton has been trying to get Cecchin out of the ref ranks for personal reasons.

    This may be a result of that, knowing he has been demoted from alof the big games this year.

    Actually dont mind him as a ref.

    Its not as if he has a brother as a ref.Oh wait.

    He doesn’t. He has 2 brothers that are refs, and not particularly good ones.

    He needs to go and so does Tony Archer



  • The constant fiddling with the rules during the season by the hierarchy leaves the referees in a no win situation.
    Fans have long memories when you lose games based on one set of rules, only for that to be softened as the season progresses with a new crackdown in its place.
    Consistency is impossible if their is no consistency within the framework of the rule book.



  • Cecchin should go out as a champion - he is a fantastic ref.

    No one deserves to be threaten because of their job.

    The people here suggesting that refs should just learn to cop it have no idea. It’s fair enough for a crowd to yell out during a game, even the ritual of booing and jeering as they come off the field. Fair enough the media will analyse the game and point out what they think are errors (lets me honest about this and recognise that the media are wrong about the rules often.

    The thing that is out of line is taking it off the field and acting someone and their family. Players wouldn’t put up with that and neither should the refs.



  • The way some people here are hard wired to think is simply amazing.
    " As a referee you know what you are getting yourself into"
    " But paid members have a right to voice there(sic) opinions"

    Take a step back and then a good long, long think.



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    The constant fiddling with the rules during the season by the hierarchy leaves the referees in a no win situation.
    Fans have long memories when you lose games based on one set of rules, only for that to be softened as the season progresses with a new crackdown in its place.
    Consistency is impossible if their is no consistency within the framework of the rule book.


    Exactly.



  • Since the rule changes mid season the sides with the best records are the Storm and the Roosters



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    Since the rule changes mid season the sides with the best records are the Storm and the Roosters

    You do realise Happy you have just put the kiss of death on both of them.



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    Since the rule changes mid season the sides with the best records are the Storm and the Roosters

    You do realise Happy you have just put the kiss of death on both of them.

    That can only be a good thing.



  • Sad he received threats however, surely when you create a social media profile you do so knowing that you are inviting everyone to have an opinion of you and your performance and you will cop it from time to time.

    Wonder why the AFP didn’t knock on the doors of the people posting the threats?

    Social media, the anabolic ingredient to opinions, the medium where people feel they have the right to say what ever they Want. YouTube comments are appauling at times, it could be some old guy with DIY pointers and somebody will criticise him for the part in his hair.

    Greenberg is a germ, “that’s how I want you to ref the game” what the, is that. Why is he commenting on how games are ref’ed. the rule book determines how games a ref’ed.

    How Greenberg got the gig stills baffles me.



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    Since the rule changes mid season the sides with the best records are the Storm and the Roosters

    You do realise Happy you have just put the kiss of death on both of them.

    That can only be a good thing.

    Oh Bugger , did I do that :wahoo: :wahoo: :wahoo:


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