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Footy players who use bad language will be sent to sin bin

PLAYERS who abuse referees during matches in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition will be sin binned immediately in tough new measures adopted by officials.

BRL referees chairman Rod Tolley said some players abused the match officials and it was something that would be shown zero tolerance.

"A few players in the comp like to abuse officials," he said.

Warnings could also be handed out for excessive swearing on the field, even if it was not directed at officials, Mr Tolley said.

He said players would be told to calm down, adding that bad language was not a good look for the reputation of the game.

BRL chairman Mike Ireland addressed the issue in the weekly edition of the Bundaberg Rugby League News booklet on May 3, warning players about the clampdown.

"Players are reminded that bad language on the field will not be tolerated and I have once again advised referees and touch judges to report and clamp down on it and if need be use the sin bin," the statement read.

"This does also apply to bench players and officials in all grades."

Hervey Bay Seagulls coach David Yarrow said he had no issue with the crackdown and that it was a timely reminder that without referees, the matches wouldn't be able to go ahead.

Mr Yarrow said the referees were volunteers and players also needed to remember that.

He also said the referees were part of the game, the same as the players, and that needed to be respected.

"Nobody wants to hear any swearing," he said.

Mr Yarrow said a run of decisions against a team could cause frustration, but that was no excuse.

However he said it was important to remember that it cut both ways, adding it was important that there was mutual respect between the officials and the players.

Wallaroos club captain Matthew Walker said referees had to be respected.

"As players we respect the game and the officials and try our best to be aware of the crowd and people around us and try to play in the best spirit of the game."

Topics:  bundaberg, fraser coast, hervey bay, maryborough, rugby league




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