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Samoa PM: Idiot rugby refs!

2012-07-14 10:47

Wellington - Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has welcomed an International Rugby Board (IRB) investigation into his comments during a recent radio broadcast in which he said hitting a Test referee with a rock might be justified.

The IRB has written to the Samoa Rugby Union, of which Malielegaoi is chairperson, requesting "urgent clarification" of the comments which, it said, "may be in breach of IRB regulations governing the global game."

During his regular weekly program on Samoa's Radio 2AP, Malielegaoi described the officials who controlled the June 23 Test match between Samoa and Scotland as "idiots" and suggested the Samoa team suffered racial discrimination.

Malielegaoi said "if the siren sounds and the referee continues the match unnecessarily, then a rock hitting his head would be justified."

Scotland beat Samoa 17-16 in the Test in Apia with a try in the first minute of injury time. Samoa were also denied a try when a touch judge determined one of their players, who would have scored, had put a foot in touch.

Malielegaoi did not attend the match but commented on the decisions during his radio show, saying the safety of referees controlling Test matches in Apia in future could not be guaranteed.

The Samoa Observer newspaper on Saturday published an e-mail from the IRB's head of communications, Dominic Rumbles, which said Malielegaoi's comments may be in breach of the world body's conduct regulations.

"Regarding the alleged comments, the IRB has written to the (Samoa Rugby Union) requesting urgent clarification," Rumbles said.

"There will be no other public comment until the information requested has been received."

Malielegaoi told the newspaper he welcomed the investigation.

"I am happy that they have responded," he said. "The whole purpose of my comments was to draw the attention of the IRB and also those boys who are in charge of selecting referees.

"I wanted that the attention be drawn to the consistent breaches when it comes to Manu Samoa (the Samoa national team)."

Malielegaoi said referees are not "gods that whatever they say should be allowed to hold.

"You cannot continue to ignore these things, especially after strings and strings and strings of breaches against Manu Samoa."

If an IRB investigation finds a case to answer, it could summon Malielegaoi to appear before a judicial hearing to face a charge of misconduct.

If found guilty, he could receive a fine, a warning or a reprimand but if the Samoa Rugby Union is found at fault it could lose the right to host international matches.

AP

Comments
  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-14 11:03

    Gee whizz looks like Sailele ate everyone else's share of missionary stew. We know he can't be a racist, he loves white people ( with a white wine sauce). Go all SA teams, yes enemy the Stompies, Craven

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-14 11:13

      Sorry I meant even the Stompies.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-15 02:08

      The IRB will do nothing because they will be scared of being called "RACISTS" "A rock hitting his head would be justified" This is something they would do because they all share the same lone brain cell !!!

  • Foodfor - 2012-07-14 11:05

    If you have watched the game between the Crusaders and the Force, you may as well say the TV ref needs a rock too. Two non tries were given... My suggestion is that rugby unions needs to speak out on this...

      steveroodt - 2012-07-14 11:19

      Too true

  • Flemjob - 2012-07-14 11:17

    He sounds South African.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 11:53

      sounds black

      dawood.timol - 2012-07-14 11:59

      @ tom.tardis so u are then also black..cos u whined when the ref gave pocock a "get out of jail card" against SA in the world cup

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 12:46

      who whined? i didnt, i thought pocock played well to the refs call and i dont see colour bud, i just see whats in someones heart. geez, u think im racist or what

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-14 11:20

    Isn't it great to hear that we are not the only nation with an idiot leader? (Even if he's right, its not the sort of thing a PM says in public)

      jimmy.crompton.9 - 2012-07-14 11:41

      What do you do when the refs are so bad? Just smile and swallow it. We need a shake up at he top. It just must not go on anymore.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-07-14 11:44

      he is also chair of the Samoa rugby union...so fair comment from him...sometimes I feel a ref makes such a mess that we need some totally lateral thinking to come up with solutions and give teams a fair chance...I don't need to remind anyone of Bryce Lawrence

      Squeegee - 2012-07-14 14:38

      Do you guys really want to tell kids its OK to hit the ref with a rock? Get real. This is not good for the game. I agree that there are bad refs and that something must be done, This however is not a wise statement.

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-07-14 11:43

    All of the modern sport is rigged - too much money is now involved - and referees are simply paid off to blow certain ways! Look what happened to the Springboks in the last Rugby World Cup - blatant cheating by the referee so that NZ can win the cup!

      dave.roberts.182940 - 2012-07-14 12:23

      Graeme I suggest you don't post your family photo when you and your wife (I'm guessing it's a woman) are so ugly!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 12:47

      dave roberts hahahahaha biggest laugh i have had this week. ripped washboard abs are sore now

      piet.boerie - 2012-07-15 02:15

      Exactly correct, rugby is fixed. The RWC was the biggest joke ever, every one could see how the tournament was rigged. Disgrace. As for dave.roberts.182940 kiwi troll, it must so crap in your retarded country to be trolling on a saffa website. Real kiwis dont blog only fake skinny whites. All your comments are a reflection of a reatred culture. You proably suffer from the typcial kiwi syndrome of living in Australia.

      dave.roberts.182940 - 2012-07-15 06:34

      World Champions Piet! I suggest you get use to it. Smoke on that big boy.

      norman.harris.754 - 2012-07-15 11:21

      everything is a conspiracy in SA when it doesnt go your way. it is a sign of either ignorance or arrogance. the former is probably the more quantifiable, just read all the comments here?? why is it that the ebb and flow of the refs whislte causes so much anxs??? it is simply a game, SA rugby fans treat it like there has been some major social catastrophy?? mistakes happen all the time folks. you guys start to point fingers at the blacks or the whites or the social media or the what ever??? it is like a major social injustice has been commited and your general sensiblity goes ever so quickly out the window. folks, this is a game and just in case you havent noticed the refs are now dealing with a much faster, a much more sophisticated game and heaven knows - a much more complex set of rules that are ironically modified every year to make the game more fun to watch. if anyone, blame the IRB and that is what the poor PM from the proud nation in the middle of the S. Pacific ocean is trying desperately to do...!! a little unconventional yes, but that is his intention....and incase you havent noticed, at least he is going after the guys who can do anything about it - I DOUBT IT THOUGH BUT at the very least he got them to hear and respond quicker than any other nation has done in as long as i have watched the IRB gain power in the internationa rugby community ....and that is almost the equivalant of squeezing water out of a rock....go samoa!!! shiiiiiuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!

  • richard.tyne - 2012-07-14 12:01

    If it was Bryce Lawrence, by all means go ahead.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 12:13

      and only if the rock is large enough to do serious damage to his head too.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 12:49

      just get one of your dutchman from the cape, got some big rocks down there bud, the origin of rocks in south africa, just kidding, i like afrikaans people, and whites too

  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-07-14 12:06

    SHOULD AN INDEPTH INVESTIGATION BE MADE ON REF COMPETENCE THEN NO REFS WILL REF.

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-14 12:15

    Simple solution to a complex problem, too many ruck and maul rules, in the old days when the offside line was policed by the players boots things were better, no one was ever killed by being raked out the back of the ruck. Too many laws open the game up to ' referees interpretation'. Rugby is a tough sport, a few stud marks on the back for being in an offside position won't harm anyone! Regards Craven

  • peter.wessels.509 - 2012-07-14 12:22

    What applies to players should also apply to refs. They should be cited, fined and banned for up to six months for stupid and or incorrect decisions, which affect the result of a match. Rainmaker.

  • peter.wessels.509 - 2012-07-14 12:25

    Referees should be subject to post match referals, the same as players. They should be fined, and banned for up to 12 months for wrong and or stupid decisions which affect the outcome of a match.

  • jacobus.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-07-14 12:55

    My hero! This bullsssst that you have to \adapt your game to the ref\ is stupid and I want to hit Naas with a rock everytime he says it! A referee should blow the laws of the game and if he isn't doing that fire him... Finish en klaar

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-15 02:09

    I think we have found the thicketst nation on earth. If you view the RWC game South Africa Samoa, the Samoans should have had 5 red cards for off the ball dirty play and blatant violence. Rollback to 95, remember a similar game of late hits and dirty play? Complaing about refs when they should have been red carded to death and get away with it even without a citing??? Nah I used to be Samoan fan but now the Kiwi rent a thugs can go f themselves, dumb morons.

  • shayne.r.barker - 2012-07-15 09:13

    When is Samoa going to get it in their head that you must play the ball and not the man, and respect the ref. More often than not they are constantly cited for foul play. And then after the match, their players and leaders moan on social networks and other media about racism etc. Pity really, as Samoa really do have the talent to be a Rugby great. I didn't see the game but hats off to the Samoan team for taking it too Scotland.

      norman.harris.754 - 2012-07-15 11:00

      Shayne...get it right. what the PM said was not literal, he was trying to get a response by going as 'coconut' as possible - and you cant get any more 'coconut' than that rock throwing. and SA, yes all you SA peeps, dont even talk about respecting the refs....you of all people are the first to disrespect the refs - remember bryce???. I think the samoan PM was just saying what we all thought - perhaps a little clumsy, but we all share the same distain for bad reffering. worst yet, we hate that they are not accountable for their on-field blundering. it simply needs to stop so that rugby does not continue to get a black eye everytime a match ends and the fans are not talking about the game but rather the officiator. get your head out of the sand and understand the bigger picture dinkie..!! and dont even start to compare little old samoa to SA, even smaller Tonga almost smoked SA in the last RWC, was that a conspiracy tooo - i think not!!!. those little island nations have a lot more hurdles to get over to become even comparable to the top tier nations. pity, you are so stuck up your own opinion, you didn't know what you were responding to...typical though of SA rugby fans. they get all emotional and start frothing...!!

      shayne.r.barker - 2012-07-15 22:24

      Funny how you refer to SA peeps knocking Lawrence then yourself go on about bad refs. Contradiction? And who is frothing? I made a compliment to Samoan rugby. Its you who is in fact missing the point while trying to get your 5c on a SA website. Sa fans right now have nothing to be upset about. We have 3 teams out of a possible 6 in the super 15 playoffs. We have a new coach in a new era. And we not going to be upset or allow NZ or Aus fans to get under our skin every time they make an anonymous comment here. Your own websites boring? Btw. The Aussie and NZ media bashed Lawrence just as bad as ours did. Pull your head out the sand.

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