Originally posted by blade68
It's ok for the n*bheads like BBC's Hansen and Lawrenson to openly criticise managers and players for poor performances/wrong tactics/poor choice of passes etc...
But it's not ok for managers and players to criticize referees?
Sir Alex Ferguson has just been find 20k and banned from the touchline for 2 matches for expressing his opinion on referee Alan W in that particular instance it was Alex Ferguson!)
The game is being run by idiots...
the same policy generally applies in all of the American sports. Players or coaches who publicly criticize the officiating are generally subject to fines.
This isn't a "free speech" issue. The league isn't forcing anyone to participate - but those who do must adhere to the league's rules. The government isn't going to prosecute anyone who criticizes officials - although a court will uphold something that someone agreed to as part of a contract they voluntarily signed.
The basic idea here is that if a league allows everyone to openly criticize the referees, you'd end up with everyone doing little else besides complain about some call that didn't go their way. And officials would feel immense amounts of pressure to make calls that benefitted the people complaining the loudest - which would just encourage players and coaches to whine even more about the calls.
It's best to leave referee-bashing to the media, and let the players and coaches focus on the game itself.