Club issue statement after fans use “discriminatory language” towards official

As the season draws to a close tensions are high for plenty of teams including, but not limited to, front runners Wigan Warriors, playoff hopefuls Warrington Wolves, and 2023’s surprise package Leigh Leopards whilst there are many other teams feeling the nerves and not just those in Super League.

Those in the organisations may be getting nervous and that spreads to the fans who normally rugby are among the best sports fans on earth but sometimes even they can go too far as we have seen with some recent incidents.

That’s been evident as now a Championship club in the shape of Whitehaven have issued a statement on fan behaviour after a group of supporters used inappropriate language towards an official.

The club statement read: “A small minority of fans choose to use discriminatory language towards the officials, in the second half of the game. As a club we have to address this as it has no part in our game.

“The BOD would like to remind supporters that discrimination in any form is unacceptable and we will be making enquiries to find those responsible and deal appropriately.”

This comes as the RFL consider investigating a number of incidents such as one at Hull KR against Catalans Dragons.

French publication L’Independent has highlighted the incident and suggested it could have impacted the rest of the officiating.

They reported: “But the image of an English fan on the edge of the field, raising his voice in front of one of the referees, is challenging.

“Did his invective affect the rest of the meeting? The question arises in any case, in the same way as the physical integrity of the arbitrator who may have been threatened.”

This comes after Steve McNamara complained about a try.

“It’s a try, a dead-set try,” McNamara said on YouTube.

“He decides without consulting anybody else. 20-metre restart, we go from a try scored, I can’t remember what the score was at that stage, to a man in the sin bin on practically the same play. It was a big decision, a big call, and it was taken really, really quickly.”

Meanwhile, in the Championship the RFL are considering action after the match between Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers.

There were suggestions that there had been some violence from Fev fans and that they had been removed from the ground as per the Game Caller.

The RFL received a report on what happened and could take action but with a number of cases in the system it could be a while until a decision is made.

Speaking on the club’s social media channel, Ford reacted to this saying that they have a lot to change and admitting he is miserable despite the win because he is determined to make the Rovers better and getting them into Super League.

Speaking after the game at Odsal, James Ford said:

“Congratulations to the players. They’re the champions of the league, they’ve won it with four games to go.

“It was 2013 since we last finished top so I hope that the the supporters who came in great numbers today and got behind us tremendously well, I hope they enjoy the victory and enjoy us being league champions.

“Regarding the performance I don’t think we dealt well with the field. We trained on a pitch that size all week and too often we tried to play around them, and came up with some really loose decisions and to be fair some poor execution of skill.

“So I’m a little bit deflated but I suppose I’m just a naturally miserable bloke aren’t I?

“The exciting thing for me is that every single bloke in that dressing room is on board with the idea that we’re chasing improvements. We know we can be a lot better than that.

“I know they’re better players than that, I’ve coached against them, and we’ll have a good look at it, do lots of learning and go after those improvement areas for the playoffs.”