Leeds centre Keith Senior has apologised for his comments following Leeds’ World Club Challenge defeat to Melbourne.
Senior, 33, blasted referee Richard Silverwood following the Rhinos 18-10 loss, as they were defeated for the second year in succession at Elland Road.
The former Great Britain centre said: “I’m sick of him, he’s arrogant. A lot of players don’t like playing with him. He likes to be the centre of attention and he got his way tonight.”
But shortly after the initial press conference, Senior apologised for his remarks.
He commented, “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by my comments following our defeat to Melbourne. Unfortunately I let my emotions get the better of me after a physically and mentally draining clash with Melbourne.
“Having had time to reflect on my comments, I appreciate that, like us players, referees have a difficult job to do and we do not have a game without them.
“Finally, I would like to congratulate Melbourne on their win and we can now look forward to getting back to action in Super League this Friday against Quins,” added Senior.
Senior will meet with Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington on Monday to explain his comments and to ascertain whether any action should be taken as part of the club’s internal disciplinary procedures.