Rugby Ref Tells Player: ‘This Is Not Soccer!’

Our only gripe with this video is that rugby referee Nigel Owens uses the word ‘soccer‘ and not ‘football‘, the sport’s official international title to chastise the player during a recent match between Munster and Treviso.

That being said, here is a perfect example of why rugby is streets ahead of football in terms of discipline and progress. You cannot back chat to the ref during a game or you’ll be instantly penalised. Christ, we’ve been in games before where spectators watching from the sidelines have been yellow carded for shouting abuse at the referee and that’s no exaggeration..

It’s dead simple if your players, in any sport, fail to respect the rules of the game laid out by the officials in charge, then it’s time you took an early shower. No arguments.