- Jul 20, 2010
Rugby, a game for thugs played by gentlemen. Football, a game for gentlemen played by thugs.Hope in your heart said:That's something they do in France since several years, and it has done wonders to both improve the refereeing standard, and the tolerance towards refs from football fans. Fully agree with the rest of your post. It's incredible to see the contrast in behaviour between rugby and football. That's largely due to refs having a higher authority / making less errors.
The whole respect for referees in rugby starts from a young age. I played quite a bit when I was younger and have seen teachers and coaches substitute kids that shouted at or gave the ref some back chat and it was fully supported by their parents. However at kids football games you've got parents verbally abusing the ref along with coaches and the kids. Instil that respect early on and insist on it at the highest level so kids don't imitate bad habits and the game would be a whole lot nicer.