Referee Ben Thaler free to return after RFL investigation

Referee Ben Thaler is free to return to the game after being cleared by the Rugby Football League following an investigation.

The 38-year-old was suspended by the governing body a month ago pending the outcome of an investigation which the RFL says is now complete.

Thaler, who is in his 20th season as a professional referee, has not refereed a game since the opening round of the 2020 season but is now free to return.

An RFL spokesman said: “Ben Thaler will again be considered for appointments as a member of the RFL’s squad of full-time match officials when competitive rugby league resumes, after the completion of an internal investigation found there was no case to answer.”

Thaler added: “I’m happy to have been exonerated from any of the allegations made against me, with the process being completed, no adverse findings made and my suspension therefore having been immediately lifted.

“I’d like to put it all behind me now and concentrate on refereeing, whenever games restart.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for their encouragement and support during such a difficult time.

“Their support and the messages of support I have had from the wider game has been overwhelming.”

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  1. Great news on that front for an experienced referee to back officiating the game we love. I don’t care if you love or loath him, we need the best officials to bring in more talent to keep the game alive.
    I would like the officials to be able to expand to the same as the NRL (two referees) so we can clean up the ruck and compete with the NRL faster play the balls.
    Watching highlights of the NRL with one of the officials in the middle being female, was invigorating to see as she got the deserved respect from the players, and was always on the spot. Lets hope we can accommodate more officials from all backgrounds on ability, and not their appearance or group.

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