The Courier-Mail

Talk isn’t cheap af­ter Hasler spray

- MATT EN­CAR­NA­CION

BULL­DOGS coach Des Hasler has been is­sued with a $20,000 fine by the NRL for com­ments made about the ref­er­ees in Satur­day night’s 20-18 win over New­cas­tle.

Half of the penalty stems from a sus­pended $10,000 fine handed down af­ter a Round 1 loss to Pen­rith, where Hasler also crit­i­cised of­fi­cials.

De­spite claim­ing a thrilling win over the Knights, the for­mer Manly coach took aim at the whistle­blow­ers in the post­match press con­fer­ence, par­tic­u­larly over their polic­ing of the 10m rule.

“I’m pretty dis­ap­pointed in some of the in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the rules,” he said.

“I didn’t know the game had gone back to five me­tres.

“I think I might send (NRL head of football) Todd Green­berg a breach no­tice. In fact, I will.

“I want to send them a breach no­tice for mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion. It was pretty ob­vi­ous in (New­cas­tle’s) in­tent, get­ting off their line.

“You had a cou­ple of times there where (the ref­eree) could’ve done some­thing about it but it was just out of his depth, the poor fella.”

Hasler was the first coach to be slapped with a sus­pended $10,000 fine af­ter the gov­ern­ing body banned coaches crit­i­cis­ing ref­er­ees at the start of the sea­son.

The for­mer Manly men­tor ac­cepted the first breach no­tice, be­fore later say­ing he would be­gin re­fer­ring to ref­er­ees as “Volde­morts”, the evil char­ac­ter from Harry Pot­ter.

“It’s about un­der­stand­ing the pol­icy of ‘he whose name you can­not men­tion’ so let’s call him Volde­mort,” Hasler said at the time.

Hasler also copped a $5000 fine for fail­ing to ad­here to media guide­lines in June.

 ??  ?? BIG FINE: Coach Des Hasler.
BIG FINE: Coach Des Hasler.

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