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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