It today emerged that St. Helens resident Steve Ganson has been appointed to officiate as video referee for the season opener at Knowsley Road this sunday. After years of neutral referees (i.e. not appointed to home town games) the RFL have decided to appoint their new 'professional' official to whichever game they see fit. If my memory serves me right, Ganson is a known Saints fan and his children have been mascots previously at Knowsley Road. How can it be fair to put him in such a powerful position for one of their games?|
This questionable decision from the RFL follows recent the recent screw-up with the fixture planning in forcing Leeds to play Bradford four times during the regular season while playing some clubs only twice. Clubs such as Leeds and Bradford and Hull KR are all disadvantaged compared to the schedules faced by Saints and Hull FC meaning that the league table at the end of the season will not be a true reflection.
Many fans already feel that the season is over before it has started, and Hull FC/Saints are installed as clear favourites because of their favourable programme.
After promising fans who had made winter trips to the South of France that 2007 would see them there in the summer, the Rhinos once again get an early season trip, decimating the amount of travelling support (including myself). Saints, no favouritism here, once again get a nice summer trip. There is no logic and no fairness!
So come on Mr Lewis, the Ganson affair could well be the last straw for many supporters. Get your act together and sort out this farcical position you've got yourself into.