George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

first_imgThursday Nov 5, 2015 George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response ‘The referee’s decision is always correct’. This is what we’re taught as youngsters anyway, but nowadays officials are in the unenviable position of being shown up by not only television replays, but in one infamous recent case, their own bosses. So players question everything. It’s becoming a problem, and this particular referee couldn’t resist saying something about it.When Bath flyhalf George Ford questioned Matt Carley’s decision during the weekend’s Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins, the referee hit back with a sarcastic response.Yes, it came across as a bit harsh, and the awkward stare down that ensued felt like it lasted for minutes, but as can be seen, the pass was forward and Ford should never have questioned it. As the ref said, it’s not as if he’d change his decision just because he got a mouthful in his ear.While this is a fairly innocuous interaction and really just a harmless, amusing moment from the weekend, there are a few interesting things to point out that could make it a bit of a talking point.The first offence: Ford was in the wrong, not only with his pass, but more significantly with his attitude towards the referee who as we all know by now, should command a bit more respect. Players really do need to stop flailing arms and questioning decisions. It sets a bad example.The referees tone: Should Carley have been a bit more professional? It’s easy to overlook Ford and be taken aback by the sarky response of the referee. He was clearly trying to make a point, but lowered himself by not maintaining a better air of authority.What if Nigel Owens said it? Owens has done similar things before, telling players ‘This is not soccer’, as well as various other well-constructed one liners. The difference though is not what is said, but how it is said, and perhaps that’s why Carley’s retort hasn’t gone done well with some.View the match highlights (Great Danny Care try, nice Tim Visser debut, and a yellow card for a big shoulder)ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies , See it to Believe it Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders urges French foreign minister to raise press freedom issues with Algerian authorities

first_img Reporters Without Borders is calling on French foreign minister Michel Barnier to raise press freedom issues on his 13 July visit to Algeria, which has seen an escalating crackdown against the media. “Since the last presidential elections in April that returned President Adbelaziz Bouteflika to power we have witnessed a growing authoritarian tendency in a bid to bring the privately owned Algerian press into line,” said the international press freedom organisation. “At least four journalists are currently imprisoned in Algeria, three of whom were convicted of press offences”.Reporters Without Borders urged Mr Barnier to raise these issues in talks with President Bouteflika and his counterpart Abdelaziz Belkhadem and to encourage the Algerian authorities to halt this escalation of repression against the press”.”Legislative reform was also essential, particularly of Article 144A of the criminal code so that Algerian journalists would not be forced to resort to self-censorship,” said the organisation in its letter to the French minister.The international press freedom organisation highlighted an appeal court hearing on 11 July at which journalist Hafnaoui Ghoul had a prison sentence raised to three months. The local correspondent of the newspaper El-Youm in Djelfa, 270 kms south of Algiers, had originally been sentenced to two months on 9 June and has been in custody since 24 May.Ghoul, who is also a historian and regional head of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights League (LADDH), was sentenced after a summary trial on 26 May to six months in prison for defamation.The journalist, who has spent more than a year under house arrest, has suffered constant harassment from the security services after he revealed a hospital scandal in Djelfa and various abuses of power on the part of the local prefect.He was sentenced on 9 June in another case to three months in prison and a fine of 300,000 dinars (about 3,500 euros). Then on 23 June he was again sentenced in a third case to two months in prison. His lawyers have appealed against the latest sentence but no date has been fixed. In total, local authorities and various administrations have reportedly laid around 15 defamation cases against him.Editor of the daily Le Matin Mohammed Benchicou was sentenced to two years in prison on 14 June and fined 20 million dinars (about 230,000 euros) for “breaking exchange control regulations”. In February 2004, he published a pamphlet entitled, “Bouteflika, an Algerian fraud”.On 3 July, Ahmed Benaoum, editor of the Er-raï El Aam press group and Ahmed Oukili, editor of the newspaper Erraï, were sentenced to two months in prison by a court in Oran for “insulting a constituted body”. The director general of the criminal investigation department laid a complaint against the two journalists after they published articles critical of the management of the criminal investigations department in the Wilaya prefecture of Oran. News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria July 12, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders urges French foreign minister to raise press freedom issues with Algerian authorities News to go further News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria RSF_en News April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more