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Monday, 15 April 2019

Gould slams axed referee’s ‘process’


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Panthers supremo Phil Gould has branded Grant Atkins “not a good referee” for his failure to halt play when Cowboys’ Nene Macdonald and John Asiata were floored in a serious collision.

Atkins drew the ire of the league on Friday night after failing to pull up play when Macdonald suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle, forcing his teammates to battle for 53 seconds with two men down and the game in the balance.

Slammed by Cowboys coach Paul Green as an “absolute debacle” that threatened “player welfare”, the NRL moved to demote Atkins and fellow referee Gavin Badger ahead of Round 6, but Gould argued the incident could have been avoided had process not once again impeded on discretion.

“I guess the honesty game with the two referees ... as to whether or not they knew there was something wrong back there and ignored it, that’s really the point,” Gould told Nine’s 100% Footy.

Gould weighs-in on NRL officiating

“Grant Atkins is potentially a very good referee, he’s not a good referee because he interferes with the game, he follows what we call process, he doesn’t use discretion or have a feel for the game.

“This is a perfect example of him saying ‘the process is this, therefore I didn’t have to stop the game’, where common sense would have told you that if he was aware that was a serious injury, they needed to stop the game whether process was being followed or not.

“This is how these referees have been educated for a long period of time and we need to get them out of it to have a feel for the game and read the game.

“They need to revaluate the process.”

John Asiata and Nene Macdonald go down injured

The issue of nit-picking plagued the penalty riddled season of 2018 as the game suffocated under incessant stoppages.

While strides have been made in allowing referees to officiate with a ‘feel for the game’, Sharks veteran Paul Gallen was in disbelief as to how Friday’s drama unfolded as he called for more heads to roll.

“I’m surprised they all weren’t dropped,” Gallen told 100% Footy.

“There’s touch judges there, people up in the box watching it, they could all clearly see what could happen.

John Asiata and Nene Macdonald go down injured

“I agree first they want to keep the game flowing but you’ve got the doctor on the field with his hand out.

“The referees have lost that personality and relationship with the players. You got to talk to them sometimes as a captain ... these days there’s just no relationship it’s just a blank ‘No’ because they’re following a process.

“I think it’s up to referees to get more personal …they got to get some feel for the game.”

Scans later revealed Macdonald suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left ankle that could rule him out for up to six months while Asiata escaped with a hyperextended elbow.

CATCH THE FULL SEGMENT ON 100% FOOTY AT 10:50PM ON CHANNEL 9

Panthers supremo Phil Gould has branded Grant Atkins “not a good referee” for his failure to halt play when Cowboys’ Nene Macdonald and John Asiata were floored in a serious collision.

Atkins drew the ire of the league on Friday night after failing to pull up play when Macdonald suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle, forcing his teammates to battle for 53 seconds with two men down and the game in the balance.

Slammed by Cowboys coach Paul Green as an “absolute debacle” that threatened “player welfare”, the NRL moved to demote Atkins and fellow referee Gavin Badger ahead of Round 6, but Gould argued the incident could have been avoided had process not once again impeded on discretion.

“I guess the honesty game with the two referees ... as to whether or not they knew there was something wrong back there and ignored it, that’s really the point,” Gould told Nine’s 100% Footy.

Gould weighs-in on NRL officiating

“Grant Atkins is potentially a very good referee, he’s not a good referee because he interferes with the game, he follows what we call process, he doesn’t use discretion or have a feel for the game.

“This is a perfect example of him saying ‘the process is this, therefore I didn’t have to stop the game’, where common sense would have told you that if he was aware that was a serious injury, they needed to stop the game whether process was being followed or not.

“This is how these referees have been educated for a long period of time and we need to get them out of it to have a feel for the game and read the game.

“They need to revaluate the process.”

John Asiata and Nene Macdonald go down injured

The issue of nit-picking plagued the penalty riddled season of 2018 as the game suffocated under incessant stoppages.

While strides have been made in allowing referees to officiate with a ‘feel for the game’, Sharks veteran Paul Gallen was in disbelief as to how Friday’s drama unfolded as he called for more heads to roll.

“I’m surprised they all weren’t dropped,” Gallen told 100% Footy.

“There’s touch judges there, people up in the box watching it, they could all clearly see what could happen.

John Asiata and Nene Macdonald go down injured

“I agree first they want to keep the game flowing but you’ve got the doctor on the field with his hand out.

“The referees have lost that personality and relationship with the players. You got to talk to them sometimes as a captain ... these days there’s just no relationship it’s just a blank ‘No’ because they’re following a process.

“I think it’s up to referees to get more personal …they got to get some feel for the game.”

Scans later revealed Macdonald suffered a fracture and dislocation of his left ankle that could rule him out for up to six months while Asiata escaped with a hyperextended elbow.

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