Bellamy speaks out about referees

CRAIG Bellamy has added his voice to the chorus of concern about refereeing in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm coach saying the consistency of decisions must be improved.

Match officials have come under fire on several fronts, including the interpretation of the obstruction rule, and Canterbury is fighting a $10,000 fine handed to Bulldogs coach Des Hasler for comments he made about referees Brett Suttor and Jason Robinson after last Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

When asked about the issue today, Bellamy said “every coach has got a whinge” but refereeing consistency was one of his biggest complaints.

“We’ve had our issues with referees, as well and they’ve probably had their issues with us,” Bellamy said. “There certainly has been some things the last couple of weeks, but I think what we’re all after as coaches and clubs is some consistency.

“To me that’s the main thing that referees should be looking at — consistency in the referee rulings, consistency in video referee rulings. If every similar situation is treated the same way that’s all you can ask.”

He said the Storm had spoken to the NRL referees department to voice its concerns throughout the season.

“We obviously talk to a couple of guys up there. I think that’s a pretty normal thing to do,” Bellamy said. “At times you’re probably ringing up to give them a rap, sometimes you’re just after a ruling on something. There’s always a game that throws up a different situation or a different decision at times.

“They’re talking about the obstruction rule now. That’s been a grey area for years in our game and until someone can come up with something that’s black and white there’s still going to be a few grey areas I suppose. But that’s not my role — I’ll let them sort that out,” he said.

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