Do players say way worse things to the refs? Absolutely and its not even close. HOWEVER, you might forget that I once trained to be a ref. I left after one year and a battle with a ref in one of our beer leagues, but the one thing that they instilled in you time and time again was that reffing is no joke, that you need to strive to be the best that you can be and that you ref with respect and integrity. Now, I was also reffing bantam and midget games, but I cannot see the head of refs praising this guy for telling Gallagher to go fuck himself. Were all the refs around the league fist pumping and saying atta boy? Hell ya they were but it’s one of those things where you’ll have to be reprimanded to save image. We can’t have a league where refs are going around doing and saying absolutely anything they want, especially after the week and hell even the year that they’ve had. It’s a thankless job. No matter what you call someone will be pissed, someone will call you all sorts of names and someone with keep poking you until you lose your shit. It’s the refs job to stay even and keeled and while myself and a lot of other refs and ex refs applaud an action like this because we all think it I don’t think you can act on it.