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Super League coach says Super League “isn’t a even and fair competition”

Hull FC head coach Tony Smith with Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson

Last weekend Willie Peters slammed it as “embarrassing” that some games don’t have video referees and some do.

Though the Hull KR boss and his Hull FC counterpart Tony Smith are on opposite sides of the city, they seem to both share a similar view on the matter.

Both coaches saw incidents of foul play against their players in the last round of Super League which could have yielded a punishment if there had been a video referee present.

Following this, Smith was asked about Peters’ comments.

He said that the absence of the video referee means it is not “an even and fair competition.”

“I made some comments on the weekend. We’re not in a position as a league to have that, whether that’s embarrassing or not, but we’re not financial enough,” he said on BBC Radio Humberside.

“It’s been raised for many years whether we can have TV cameras, and enough of them to make a difference at games. It’s not a new debate.

“I think as a sport we’re hardly flush at the moment where we can race out and spend a whole lot of money in a whole lot of areas.

“Whether TV cameras at each of the games is a top priority I’m not sure. Maybe the connections that of our good friends at IMG have got , maybe they can come up with some solutions. I don’t see an immediate solution on the horizon.

“Every game is unfair as it is, and has been for some time. When you’ve only got TV cameras at some games and have video referees for tries or no tries, then of course it’s not an even and fair competition. But that’s what we play under and have agreed to for many years.

“I don’t know if it’s worth complaining about it no. We understand that and we get on with it.

“It’s not perfect by a long shot but it’s the best we’ve got unless we can improve it at some stage, hopefully with the influx of money that IMG will undoubtedly bring into the game.”

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