Referees and touch judges get enough abuse from fans in grounds without players joining in on the action.
Therefore, when South Sydney’s Josh Mansour launched a tirade at a touch judge in the Rabbitohs’ demolition by Penrith at the weekend, referee Grant Atkins did not stand for it.
Atkins firmly put Mansour back in his place, saying “you don’t dare have a go at him, it’s my call; you don’t speak to him like that.”
The Souths winger sheepishly apologised before taking his place back on the wing.
Watch Atkins deliver the talking to Mansour on Fox Sports.