Bill Harrigan.
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Harrigan has a crack at Rooster's coach for speaking out

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former leading referee Bill Harrigan has cautioned Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson about going too far with his criticism of NRL whistle blowers.

Robinson is facing a hefty fine for his blast at top referee Ben Cummins, claiming he is disrespectful to his players and his team finds it hard to win in matches he controls.

Speaking on Fox Sport, Harrigan, who refereed almost 400 NRL and representative games and was considered the best in the world for some time, said Robinson was "walking the line, very close to a defamation suit".

"When you make defamatory remarks about a referee and say he is biased or cheating and say things like "we can't win under this bloke", that's when you have to be careful," Harrigan said.

Harrigan said a team captain did not have the right to go up to a referee, they had an opportunity to approach the referee at certain times and ask him about a decision.

"They don't have the right to debate or argue it, that's the rule," he said.

Do you think Robinson had a right to speak out against Cummins or should he have gone through other channels to make his point to the NRL?


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