Referee Ben Thaler suspended by RFL

Super League referee Ben Thaler has been suspended by the Rugby Football League while an investigation is ongoing.

The 38-year-old is in his 20th season as a professional referee and has featured in Challenge Cup finals and Grand Finals.

Thaler has not refereed a game since the first round of this season when he took charge of Leeds’ opener against Hull.

In a statement released by the RFL, it read: “Ben Thaler will not be considered for appointments pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“The RFL will make no further comment until that investigation is complete.”

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  1. If it’s purely down to refereeing standards then about time and hopefully now the RFL will take action against other referees who continue to make bad decisions and no action taken against them.

  2. We feel Ben Thaler is an admiral referee having met him personally I find this report very disturbing. We shall back him regardless of what the RFL conclude.

  3. All the RFL Referees do a sterling job always under intense pressure. Ben is one of the best out there and the RFL can ill afford to lose him. We are short of officials as it is. Let’s hope this issue is not too serious and things return to normal very soon.

  4. Met him personally. Spends a lot of his own time mentoring younger officials. Hope its nothing too serious and that he’s back officiating soon! He has our support.

  5. Worst referee in the rugby league world , corrupted lower than a snakes belly, you can always thrust a thief but not a liar as they say.

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