If you follow Rugby League you would have heard about the disgraceful behaviour by some fans after a wrong decision was given by the referees during the Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs game on Friday. I was watching…
In short, Souths were awarded a late penalty after the video ref’s reviewed some footage of a late tackle by a Bulldogs player. The penalty gave the Rabbitohs an 18-17 victory and the Bulldogs fans’ were livid. They were so angry to the point where two individuals decided to throw bottles at the referees as they were leaving the ground – one ref fell and broke his shoulder. This ref had been in training for 6 months to compete in an iron man competition, so his plans have been halted.
I watch a lot of footy. I grew up watching Rugby League. My Dad is mad about the sport. I have always loved it. My husband loves it too. My 3 boys play it and I help run our local footy club. We go to a few live games a year and I enjoy it. My kids also play AFL and cricket. We love team sport. My eldest kid has been selected in a GWS Giants Development squad, so we live and breathe any kind of footy.
I was really annoyed at the actions of those Bulldogs fans’… I am a Mum to three boys who idolise the game. But I don’t want them to be exposed to such aggression and selfishness. I agree that the ref’s got the call wrong. I think they were off the mark there. I can’t understand why two video ref’s also got it wrong… But I am more concerned with the behaviour the fans showed. I huffed and puffed about the decision and my husband went on and on about it for ages. BUT he didn’t want to get up and throw something or assault anyone.
I heard two men yesterday (who unpack the frozen food in the supermarket) talking about it in a not-so-nice manner and a lady in her 60’s told them to be careful with what they were saying as they were being aggressive and she did not want to overhear that while she was shopping. I smirked – because she was so right.
I’m also annoyed that Rugby League in general displays this kind of behavior. My kids are watching and they will be the future of the sport, so why is it necessary for people to feel so much hate and anger when in reality it’s just sport? It’s supposed to be about your team and supporting them (even in the good and the bad).
What if I told my kids it was ok to throw a huge tantrum when something didn’t go their way? What if my husband starting throwing things around when he was unhappy with a decision?
What a joke. And so these Bulldogs fans’ should be arrested. Did they not think that kids and families would be watching too? It’s been replayed on tv over and over.
I know we can get caught up in the moment in many things in life. We can display all sorts of terrible attitudes when we become unhappy. It doesn’t just have to be about sport. But kids only know what they know because they’ve seen it – witnessed it by adults.
C’mon Rugby League, sort that out. Show the kids you mean it when you say “they won’t be welcome at our club”. We don’t want our kids following their lead and before we know it the whole team sport thing becomes ugly.
Food for thought today as it’s been annoying me for days, I just had to vent. ♥ KC.