Green faces $ 10,000 fine for ref tirade

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

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.

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