League’s scrutiny wide of the mark

OPINION:

THE message is simple: abuse at sporting events is not tolerated by anyone.

It ruins the experience and provides an atmosphere that drives players, referees and families away.

For that reason, I applaud the NRRRL for cracking down. Abuse has no place in any sport. What really grinds my gears though, is when a case like Terry West's comes along.

West communicated his concerns in a way that not only spelled out what the majority of spectators thought, but did it in a way that was balanced.

He gave his view as someone who has been a referee, coach and administrator for the past 40 years and had a genuine concern about the standard of a game he loves.

The fact the NRRRL is willing to dedicate time and resources to investigate a letter to the editor is a joke.

I am not into ref bashing. I have no ties to any club in the NRRRL and I call the game as I see it.

So when I believe the referees to be inconsistent, or wrong, I'll say so.

Everyone has the same right to voice their opinion.

But if good people like Terry West can't do it in an opinion page on a news- paper, where can they?

It's great to hear NRRRL management enjoy The Daily Examiner but to dedicate resources to investigate a letter is outrageous.

Matthew McInerney



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