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The Damo Bit - 14th January 2010
Posted by southstander on January 14 2010 - 08:01:30

by DAMO-LEEDS

It's what you've all been waiting for!

New for 2010 we bring you sensational columnist of the year Damo with our new feature 'The Damo Bit'. Our resident message board sensation, and YouTube star, has agreed to impart his pearls of wisdom with a weekly column as his beloved Rhinos look to make it four consecutive Superleague titles.

This week Damo eases himself into the hotseat with his view on being sympathetic to referees in 2010.

With a new season on the horizon I would like to express my concerns about the crowd reactions to the referees decisions. The referee is human and like us all can be prone to making mistakes. Surely some of you know that feeling of making a mistake and thatís bad enough. Whatís even worse is someone picking up on your mistake and having a go at you because of it.

Whilst a majority of us know when to stop in all walks of sport and life. There have been death threats to refereeís like Anders Frisk, Urs Meier, Howard Webb in football and Ed Hochuli likewise in American Football. At the end of the day hatred just produces more hatred and can get out of hand as history has shown us.

As some of you know last year I went on a crusade to clean up the terraces from hate related chants that go under the name of banter. I made a lot of mistakes during that campaign and thankfully Iíve learnt from those mistakes. I was always fine with people saying what they like on the terraces as Iím a strong defender of the freedoms of expression and speech. However I must stress that rugby league models itself on being a family game and surely that is something worth protecting and fighting for?

Thereís nothing family friendly about calling the referee an obscene name.

Thereís nothing family friendly about throwing bottles on the pitch and marching bitterly to the match officials' changing room.

Like I said, a majority of us know when to stop. For most of us it's making lists to post as a joke on a forum, or singing about a certain Saints player been a FGB. But next time the referee makes a mistake put yourself in his shoes for a change.

Hope you all have a lovely expressive season.

DAMO-LEEDS

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