Robert Hicks
Rugby League referee Robert Hicks believes football should utilise video technology

Rugby Super League referee Robert Hicks says football ‘has to come into the 21st century’ on the use of technology.

Hicks, one of only six full-time Rugby League referees, is also an avid follower of football. He is puzzled that the game is fighting shy of the video ref system that operates successfully in both codes of rugby.

“I think there’s a reluctance to do it,” said Hicks.

You Are The Ref talked to Hicks in depth about the way technology works in rugby league, the way football could benefit and the way the round-ball game can improve relations between players and officials.

Watch the first part of his interview with Alan Biggs below, in the countdown to Saturday’s Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford.