Guidance to Army Referees on submitting discipline reports and abuse of official reports
This applies only to games involving RN, RM, Army and RAF teams. For purely civilian games follow the guidance of your Civilian Society. The ARU referee Society Discipline Officer is Lt Col Marc Young. All discipline should be referred to him without delay. Please contact Marc Young at email@example.com on mil 94391 7019 civ 01264 381019 or mob 07917 016253.
Please download the Letter from Judge Jeff Blackett dated 19 March 13.
Red Card Action
When dismissing a player, note the following:
- His name
- His number
- The time of the dismissal
- The score at the time
- The nature of his offence.
- Immediately after leaving the pitch make detailed notes of the incident and establish the name of the player.
- As soon as possible, and certainly within 48 hours, complete a Society Sending Off Report (pdf). The latest version may be found at www.rfu.com/ (Articles And Resources For Rugby Referees section). Note: Do NOT use the submit button in the document
- Email the completed Report to the ARURS Discipline Officer, Marc Young at firstname.lastname@example.org (use the Word version), who will forward it the relevant Constituent Body, after discussing it with you if necessary.
- If you are subject to abuse, do not react abusively or take any threatening action yourself. Try to identify the individual(s) concerned and note their names at the time. If possible, warn the individuals that you will be reporting their behaviour (this would not be appropriate if it were crowd abuse being reported, where it would be better to inform the club of the action you will be taking).
- Make detailed notes immediately after the game.
- Consult the ARURS Discipline Officer if you need advice – Marc Young at email@example.com or Tel: 94391 7019/01264 381019 or 07917 016253
- As soon as possible complete a Society Match Official Abuse Report (doc 83kb) & Society Match Official Abuse Report – FOR REFEREES (doc 83kb). The latest version may be found at www.rfu.com/ (Articles And Resources For Rugby Referees section) and submit it via the Discipline Officer. Note: Do NOT use the submit button in the document
- There may be occasions when action may be taken to cite a player. This will be rare and can only happen where the referee has, for a number of reasons (unsighted, yellow card or penalty), not dismissed a player for an act of foul play.
- As soon as you become aware of any citing action being considered, make your own detailed notes about the game, as you would probably be called as witness at the subsequent disciplinary hearing.
Abandoning a Match
- If you have to abandon a match on disciplinary grounds, you have in fact dismissed both sides and will need to submit a Society Sending Off Report. The latest version may be found at www.rfu.com/ (Articles And Resources For Rugby Referees section). Note: Do NOT use the submit button in the document
- Discuss the situation with the ARURS Discipline Officer – Marc Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 94391 7019/01264 381019 or 07917 016253