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Auck­land ref­eree Smudge McNeilage says the most com­mon form of side­line abuse comes from spec­ta­tors and team man­age­ment abus­ing ref­er­ees and their rul­ings when the de­ci­sions go against their team. The worst kind of abuse in­cludes threat­en­ing to do some­thing to the ref­eree when they get off the field. Typ­i­cally neg­a­tive be­hav­iour is most preva­lent among team man­age­ment who in turn in­cite par­ents and spec­ta­tors. Auck­land Rugby would like to see team man­age­ment and spec­ta­tors prais­ing and en­cour­ag­ing play­ers from both sides for good play while still cheer­ing loud­est for their team, McNeilage says.

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