Sanzar to probe ref bashing

    2013-07-15 20:00
    Chris Pollock and Ali Williams (Getty Images)
    Cape Town - Sanzar have warned coaches that taking unnecessary pot-shots at referees could land them in hot water.

    Rugby365's website
    reports that New Zealand referee Chris Pollock has been dropped from refereeing the Super Rugby playoffs, because of poor form.

    Blues coach John Kirwan, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and Waratahs mentor Michael Cheika have all been very vocal at the standard or way the referees have officiated their matches all season and it was no different following the last round of matches.

    Sanzar's chief executive Greg Peters said that abusive behaviour towards match officials will not be tolerated.

    "We are looking at those at present and considering them," he said.

    "Ultimately we don't want to stifle debate on the game.

    "There is no problem with a genuinely held belief that a decision (made by a referee) was wrong, (when) using temperate language.

    "However, if it goes to questioning the integrity of the referee or is abusive or insulting (language) that is when it is of more concern to us."

    Coetzee, who's team has been fined for explicitly questioning match officials decisions earlier this season, held no punches again this weekend, blaming the officiating for the Stormers' failure to progress to the Super Rugby playoffs.

    Kirwan demanded that fellow Kiwi Pollock be held accountable for his red card on Kane Barret for allegedly stomping on Chiefs lock Craig Clarke at the weekend.

    Meanwhile, Cheika insinuated that the standard of refereeing will essentially change the physical nature of rugby in the future.

    Earlier in the season Kirwan's assistant, former All Blacks coach Graham Henry was reprimanded and issued a public apology for calling Keith Brown a "blind TMO".

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