Derek Beaumont calls for serious rule changes

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont never pulls his punches and he recently told BBC Radio Manchester about how rugby league needs changes to the rules.

Beaumont’s side Leigh won their first Super League of the season at the weekend, triumphing 32-22 over rivals Salford Red Devils, but the outspoken chairman is keen to see something happen to the sport – and quickly.

“There needs to be some changes with the rules,” Beaumont said.

“We need to stop micro-analysing games and then getting players pulled in afterwards on what someone has looked at on a video which wasn’t seen on the field of play.

“It makes players frightened of playing and doing things.”

Meanwhile, Beaumont could be set for a fruitful partnership with former Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash after the latter said he was keen to return to Super League, with Leigh a possible destination.

“Will Derek have me? If Derek will have me, then it’s very, very likely. Nine out of 10,” Koukash told BBC Radio Manchester.

“The game is fantastic, I enjoyed my involvement in rugby league. I’ve not always made the right decisions and that’s due to my inexperience.”

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Graham Codd
1 year ago

What does he suppose players should get away with just because their actions weren’t seen at the time? It’s easy enough for referees to miss things, surely the responsibility is to protect the players, players who break the rules should not be allowed to get away with it.