Official: Aussie Refs Admit To Being Cheats Too

Updated 02-07-2008 14:30

While it is a generally accepted fact that Aussie sports people are the worlds biggest cheats due to their inability to compete effectively on a level playing field a study just released proves that they are not the only ones cheating to get by in the big league.

Sports referees from Ausfailure ocknowledge that they sometimes have to cheat because they are too crap to do the job properly.

‘Cheating is a way of life in Ausfailure’ said one unnamed source. ‘Everyone does it and gets away with it so why should we be treated any differently?’ he asked.

Oswald P Wrong, senior shop steward for the Industrial Union of Overweight and Unfit Referees said today from the all you can eat counter at his local McDonalds that the study should surprise no one.

“Crikey dick Shag, do you need to be a scientist to work out that Aussie referees are cheats?” he asked between Big Macs.

“That’s pretty sad Shag, that’s all I can say” he said whilst dousing his French fries with ketchup.

“Are you going to eat your burger or what?’ he said eyeing this reporters lunch with great envy.

Wrong then downed a large Diet Coke and p!ssed himself.

“Fuc#, not again” he whinged.

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Study blows whistle on ref’s fitness

Referees give the sports people they preside over a run for their money quite literally, an Australian sports science expert says.

But when age catches up with them, some will “cheat” to help them keep control over the game, Dr Anthony Leicht, of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University in Townsville, says.

Leicht says his study of elite basketball referees, published in a recent Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, shows they are working just as hard as the players.

“In basketball it is a small enclosed court and the general feeling was that referees stand around a lot,” Leicht says.

“But it turns out they are doing just as much work as the players.”

For the study, Leicht monitored heart rates of seven elite-level basketball referees during a pre-Olympics tournament in the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Games.

He found the referees worked at an average heart rate of 150 beats per minute (plus or minus 18bpm) for each quarter of the match.

He says this is the equivalent of working at 79% (plus or minus 9%) of the referees’ maximum heart rate capacity for the duration of the game.

The referees on average ran between five and seven kilometres per game.

Leicht says the surprise from the results is that basketball referees also work as hard as football referees despite the differences in the field/court size and game length.

A football match consists of two 45-minute halves, while an international basketball game is four 10-minute quarters.

However, Leicht says because the clock is constantly stopped in basketball the quarters can last for almost double that time.

“So they are working for close to the same time as (football referees) but at much higher rates,” Leicht says. Football referees run on average 11 kilometres per game.

He says the results highlight the need for specific attention to be paid to pre-season fitness of referees and the maintenance of that fitness.
No scientific basis

Leicht says the minimum fitness level required by elite referees, which is based on aerobic capacity, is “arbitrarily appointed without scientific basis”.

His findings show other important fitness criteria need to be also taken into account such as anaerobic capacity, speed and agility.

In the US, anecdotal evidence suggests up to 60% of American Football umpiring officials had risk factors associated with, or some form of, heart disease, Leicht says.

“Given the (basketball) referees are working at 75-80% of their maximum heart rate for 90 minutes there are potential health risks,” Leicht says.

“Also the fitter the referees are the less stress they will be under and it is giving them more capacity to make better decisions.”

He says the results also raise issues about older referees’ ability to keep up with the game.

Leicht says older referees have admitted to “cheating” to keep up with the game by making decisions based on experience.

“If they see a particular play unfolding and they’ve seen it thousands of times before they know what’s going on in that play,” he says.

They use that experience to make their decisions despite not actually seeing the infringement.

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