Do Rugby Referees Suffer From Napoleon Complex?

||Do Rugby Referees Suffer From Napoleon Complex?


A recent study has shown that short NBA basketball referees call more fouls on players on average than taller referees in what is known as Napoleon Complex or short man syndrome!  Do rugby referees suffer from Napoleon Complex?

We all know sports referees who are short and bossy while striding around in their short shorts, but do they penalise the players more like this study shows?  Do they get more yellow and red card fever?


Are these the same sticklers for the rules who wear white coats and boss people around at events?

I really respect people for refereeing, but it seems that people who have played often make the best referees, rather than people who simply love the power of refereeing and want to be the star of the show.


Do you think that short rugby referees suffer from Napoleon Complex and award more penalties than taller referees or is it merely coincidence?


By |2014-06-11T20:41:40+00:00June 11th, 2014|

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Scotty Donaldson is an All Blacks, Highlanders and long suffering Southland Stags rugby supporter who enjoys providing astute analysis through research and experience in sports writing. Super Rugby Tips provides him with the opportunity to provide valuable insight for punters with both fantasy and virtual rugby type competitions in mind. My highlights are the mighty Southland Stags winning the Ranfurly Shield first the first time in over 50 years in 2009 and being at Eden Park to watch the All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.