Match official safety to be looked at after crowds turned nasty on the weekend.
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Crowd fury

THE safety of match officials is likely to be put under the microscope this week after visiting fans turned ugly following the Coffs Harbour v Port Macquarie rugby league clash yesterday at Advocate Park.

The air rang with shouts of "cheat, cheat" as Port Macquarie supporters left Group 2 referee Kirk Taylor in no doubt about their frustrations regarding his peformance in the 30-all draw.

Taylor was public enemy number one as far as Port people were concerned thanks to their team being on the wrong end of the 19-2 penalty count.

As he left the field he was approached by an obviously angered Port Macquarie club official, Les Murphy, while players from Port Macquarie's lower grades and their supporters were crowding the referee with repeated calls that he was a cheat.

As the host club, Coffs Harbour ensured the situation didn't get out of hand by acting swiftly to remove Taylor from the situation but the damage may have been done as far as Group 2 officials are concerned.

"They're a protected species, referees, and the club officials know the rules," a disappointed Group 2 president Greg Mayhew said.

"There's no need for any officials or players to be approaching the referees and there's no doubt we'll be hearing more about this shortly."


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