Sheffield coach Mark Aston has been fined by the RFL for verbally abusing a referee during a Championship match in August.
Aston, who went on to lead the Eagles to Grand Final glory for the first time, was found guilty of using foul and abusive language to a match referee, and deemed to be in breach of RFL Operational Rule D.18 (c) (Prejudicial Conduct) and the sport’s Respect Policy.
The incident happened in a match against Halifax at the Shay on August 5th, where Sheffield went on to lose 30-26.
Of his £250 fine, £125 was suspended until the end of next season.
Hunslet assistant coach Mark Cass has also been fined £100 after he was found guilty of using foul and abusive language towards a referee during a Championship game against Halifax in March.
He pleaded not guilty, but was deemed in breach of the RFL’s Operational Rules by a tribunal.
Earlier this season, Rochdale coach John Stankevitch was fined £1000 for verbally abusing a match official during a Northern Rail Cup match against Keighley in February.