Super League referee Ben Thaler has been suspended by the Rugby Football League while an investigation is ongoing.
The 38-year-old is in his 20th season as a professional referee and has featured in Challenge Cup finals and Grand Finals.
Thaler has not refereed a game since the first round of this season when he took charge of Leeds’ opener against Hull.
In a statement released by the RFL, it read: “Ben Thaler will not be considered for appointments pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
“The RFL will make no further comment until that investigation is complete.”