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Leading NRL referee opens up on abuse

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Referee Matt Cecchin explains penalty to Aiden Tolman of the Bulldogs during the Round 14 NRL match between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the St George-Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Veteran whistleblower Matt Cecchin has opened up on the abuse he and his family have suffered ahead of refereeing his 300th NRL game.

Cecchin, set to hit the milestone as Penrith meet Canberra on Sunday, has told Fairfax about the scale of death threats he faced after making a late-game call in last year's World Cup semi-final between England and Tonga to disallow a try.

"We've picked up hundreds and hundreds of messages and they are death threats," Cecchin said he was told by New Zealand police post-match, as he and his family were rushed out of the country.

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