General Manager of the Penrith Panthers Phil 'Gus' Gould looks on.
General Manager of the Penrith Panthers Phil 'Gus' Gould looks on.

Gould: ‘Give me a year, I’ll fix this referee mess’

PENRITH supremo Phil Gould has made the stunning offer to the NRL to take control of the referees and fix the issues with the whistleblowers in the space of just 12 months.

Gould's offer followed yet another weekend where decisions made by the match officials overshadowed the on-field action.

Melbourne were denied a thrilling try on Sunday after the pocket referee found an infringement in the play the ball but rather than play advantage, the officials blew a penalty to the attackers which robbed them of a try.

"Put me in charge of referees for 12 months, I'll do it for nothing and fix the whole mess," Gould declared on 100% FOOTY.

Cameron Smith of the Storm makes his point to referee Matt Cecchin.
Cameron Smith of the Storm makes his point to referee Matt Cecchin.

"I'll fix it for everybody."

The call came from the assist referee.

Gould said he would scrap the use of the second official.

"What should've happened is the pocket referee should not be on the field," Gould said.

"We should only have one referee. The pocket referee is a pain in the rectum."

It wasn't just the Storm's denied try that caught headlines last week, Canterbury coach Dean

Pay was slugged with a $25,000 fine on Monday for his post-match spray at the referees.

Rookie Bulldogs mentor Pay became the first NRL coach of 2018 to be handed a breach notice for criticising the officials following his side's controversial loss to Brisbane.

Moses Mbye of the Bulldogs is sin binned.
Moses Mbye of the Bulldogs is sin binned.

The NRL said that Pay had overstepped the mark by questioning the integrity and performance of referee Gerard Sutton and video review official Steve Chiddy.

Pay described as "ridiculous" the sin-binning of Moses Mbye for a professional foul and hinted that there was a conspiracy against his side when he said: "It's like we are not supposed to win."

Mbye was sidelined for 10 minutes after holding back Darius Boyd, which led to Jamayne Isaako booting an 80th-minute penalty goal which sealed the 22-20 win.

Pay also took issue with Isaako not being pulled up for an apparent knock-on and Dogs prop David Klemmer being marched for backchat.

NRL referees boss Bernie Sutton has declared that his men had got all three decisions, including the Mbye sin-binning, correct.


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