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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I should be clear: I'm not justifying it, I'm only saying there's a reason that it's tolerated where it wouldn't be if the roles were reversed - I think its days are numbered.

    This doesn't personally bother me in the slightest, though, and until I hear of someone who is bothered or feels they can't complain about it I'll not militate for change. Jokes are absolutely not a defence for bullying or intimidation.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Getting back on topic, I never have walked through the tunnel, have been invited to on a few occasions but politely declined.

    I blow full time and will step back from the usual handshake line that forms, if someone wants to shake my hand happy days if they dont thats fine too.

    Then if I can ill stand to one side of the tunnel and clap the teams off.
    Courage is knowing what lies on the other side and still opening the door !

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Does that risk giving the impression you don't want to shake hands ?

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Just a little anecdote. My first ever senior match. I didn’t think it went that well. Was sure I’d missed a lot. Blew for full time and went walk about to retrieve my TJ flags that had been discarded on opposite sides of the pitch. I was a long way from the players when I heard from a distance “Sir, hurry up and through the tunnel please” - both teams waiting for me. I have to say, it made me feel much better about the match I’d just had and, with a lot more experience now, it seems to be relatively common round here that the ref goes through.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    As a player never miss a tunnel. As a ref, I'll shake hands with all players who want to shake mine. But in my massive experience (sarcasm) in my 3 matches (U-16, Midland Cali reg Div 2 and Ladies Nat 1) all in SRU land for those who don't know - I've not went into the tunnel. In the last 3 years in about 25 ish games I've played, I've not seen the refs go through the tunnel. While I wouldn't object if one did, I'd think it was strange.

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    Default Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    Does that risk giving the impression you don't want to shake hands ?
    Id hope not.

    I stand close enough to the line that its only a few steps to shake my hand, but not a blatant snub if you dont.
    Courage is knowing what lies on the other side and still opening the door !

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