Tuesday, 21 February 2012

(Baby it's) all White now...

Who'd be a referee?

As well as having deal with a complex set of laws and various edicts and directives emerging from the IRB every 5 minutes, refs in this year's Super Duper Rugby will find in their pockets an additional white card to sit alongside the red and yellow varieties.

The intention is that the white card will be brandished "when an act of foul play has occurred but the referee is not sure if a red card is warranted, or is unsure of the identity of the offender".

What next? An orange card for when a referee thinks that an offence deserves slightly longer than 10 minutes in the sin-bin? A blue card when a referee thinks a player's language is a bit too fruity? A pink card for all backs wearing scrumcaps? A brown card to signify "I haven't a clue what happened here chaps and I'm off to the changing rooms to sob uncontrollably for the next 15 minutes"?


4 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Is it 1st of April already???

Mort said...

So if this is so ridiculous, what would you suggest as a better idea?

Rocky Flanker said...

This law is similar to what they have in rugby league already. Referee has the power to put a player suspected of foul play "on report" with the incident to be reviewed later by the disciplinary panel. Ref is doing it by crossing his raised arms above his head.

Total Flanker said...

@Mort
The current system - with a citing officer reviewing any noteworthy incidents - works well enough. Refs have enough on their plate without having to decide whether an offence is red, yellow or a subtle shade of burnt orange. Way more important matters than this for the IRB to focus on.