Warren Gatland called South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus’ extraordinary rant “strange” earlier this week.
Erasmus has raised a number of concerns about refereeing referee Nic Berry in the Springboks 22-17 loss in the first test last Saturday at Cape Town Stadium.
He also defended his role as a water carrier and accused Berry of treating local captain Siya Kolisi differently from Alun Wyn Jones, the skipper of the tourists.
The second test, played in Johannesburg, went in the direction of the home team, which missed 27 to 9 winners to tie the series.
However, the Lions may feel aggrieved by some decisions made by official Ben O’Keeffe, who chose not to kick Springboks star Cheslin Kolbe, who was sentenced for a dangerous tackle on Conor Murray.
But Gatland insists he won’t follow his counterpart’s lead when commenting on the referee’s performance.
Gatland said: “We have systems and processes in place and I hope World Rugby takes a look at this to make sure everyone is following the protocols.
“I think it’s important. We do press conferences to try to give you guys [the media] some information and we deal with the referees and World Rugby.
“I just hope that doesn’t happen to a situation where you end up with stuff on Twitter and people voicing their opinions that way and not through the proper channels.
“I found it [Erasmus’ video] kinda odd that this approach has been taken and it’s definitely not something I’m going to get involved in. It is important that we maintain the integrity of the game as much as possible.
“I just thought it was very interesting. We have talked about it enough and I will not go on social networks. I don’t really want to comment on this because I want to let other people take care of it.
“The last thing we need is a war of words and being accused of doing certain things. It’s amazing to me how the narrative has changed regarding the TMO, I didn’t comment before the game last week and yet I have been accused of questioning its integrity.
“We will keep things to ourselves and go through the appropriate channels when we deal with the referee and talk to the referee after reviewing the game. So hopefully we get some feedback from him and give him some feedback. comments. “