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Are refs having too much impact on games?

Last updated 12:37 24/06/2014
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COURTING CONTROVERSY: Referee Nigel Owens shows England's Marland Yarde a yellow card in the first test at Eden Park.

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Referees are back the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after a series of controversial calls have changed the course of matches and ruined the spectacle for supporters.

Kiwi whistleblower Peter O'Leary is a persona non grata in Bosnia and Herzegovina after his ''shameful'' offside call contributed to the World Cup debutants' early exit in Brazil and prompted fans to set up an online petition calling for his removal from the tournament.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens hardly endeared himself to England rugby fans with a series of bizarre calls that helped the All Blacks eke out a 20-15 win in the first test at Eden Park.

In light of the recent spate of dubious decisions, do you think match officials have too much influence on the result of games?

Should referees be punished for their poor performances, and if so, what would be a fitting punishment?

Or do you think they get a rough deal from the media and fans - they are only human after all.

Would the introduction of video technology aid referees or disrupt the flow of the game?  

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