RIGHT OF RESPECT: Capras coach Jason Hetherington is wondering what the punishment will be for Bulldogs players James Graham and David Klemmer and Bulldogs supporters after Good Friday’s game.
RIGHT OF RESPECT: Capras coach Jason Hetherington is wondering what the punishment will be for Bulldogs players James Graham and David Klemmer and Bulldogs supporters after Good Friday’s game. Allan Reinikka Rokajasonaap

Capras coach on referee treatment after Doggies game

FOR Capras coach Jason Hetherington there's a right way and a wrong way to challenge a referee.

And fans hurling projectiles from the grandstand, as seen in Good Friday's game between the Bulldogs and the Rabbitohs, is not the right way.

In recent days, that game has received a lot of media attention due to the way two Bulldogs players and supporters reacted to a controversial penalty given by the referee in the 79th minute of the game.

After Bulldogs captain James Graham was penalised for tackling Rabbitohs player Adam Reynolds around the legs, Bulldogs supporters took matters into their own hands by hurling objects at match officials, resulting in one of them sustaining a shoulder injury.

Hetherington, a former Bulldogs player, said yesterday there was no room in the game for that sort of disrespect.

"NRL will take a strong stand on the perpetrators and, with CCTV footage, I'm guessing authorities will be able to track those people down and penalise them," Hetherington said.

"I understand it's the competitive nature of the sport and the game ended on a controversial note, but there's no room in the game for that behaviour coming from fans. I don't condone supporters hurling projectiles at officials when they are out there in the game doing the best they can.

"I'm all for being passionate but I'd be disappointed if our Capras supporters acted that way because it's not what we'd expect; it's not what we're about. I'm glad we've got a wonderful crowd who are respectful and supportive."

Hetherington also said a certain level of respect was expected by players and referees.

"I like to discipline the players and I expect them to show the refs respect and vice versa," Hetherington said.

"I do condone a verbal outburst now and again because I don't mind players challenging the referee's decision if they honestly disagree, but there are respectful ways in doing it.

"James Graham and David Klemmer obviously were in the heat of the moment when they blew up, which is expected from players at that level who have the desire to win every game.

"In terms of punishing the players, I think they should get individual fines and not suffer a suspension period because it impacts the whole team and the club to have two major players on the sideline for a number of games."



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