Green faces $ 10,000 fine for ref tirade
COWBOYS coach Paul Green has been slapped with a breach notice and possible $ 10,000 fine for blasting the match officials following his side’s loss to Melbourne.
The NRL issued a statement yesterday proposing the fine over Green’s scathing comments towards referees Ashley Klein and Alan Shortall in North Queensland’s 26- 8 loss.
Green accused the referees of ruining the contest in a stunning post- match tirade, describing it as the “the worst refereeing display I have ever seen”.
“I’m not one to shift the blame away from our performance, but the fans deserved more than that,” the coach said.
“There were two quality teams out there and I was left scratching my head at some of the calls.
“I said to the boys after the game I’ve never been involved in a game where so many things have gone against us ... it’s just a shame the refs ruined the game.”
Cowboys players Lachlan Coote and Michael Morgan supported their coach’s stance, believing they were denied a fair try in the first half, but that hasn’t saved Green from a breach notice.
Green is the second NRL coach in as many weeks to cop a punishment for slamming the performance of match officials, joining Dragons coach Paul McGregor.
In an official statement, NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said Green’s criticism was unprompted and crossed the line.
The Cowboys have five business days to respond to the breach notice and the club issued a statement yesterday saying they will be making no further comment.