Sione Mata’utia and Michael McIlorum banned following Grand Final

Sione Mata'utia of St Helens
On field altercation between Sam Tomkins of Catalans Dragons and Sione Mata'utia of St Helens
Sione Mata’utia was charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with a Grade A offence of punching while McIlorum has been punished for an alleged trip.Catalans coach Steve McNamara suggested in the post-match press conference that Mata’utia could have been sent off for the punch on stand-off James Maloney in the fourth minute of Saturday’s game at Old Trafford, which Saints won 12-10.

The incident took place well away from the action and referee Liam Moore allowed play to continue.

Both players have until Tuesday morning to challenge the punishments.

Meanwhile, the RFL has confirmed it is investigating comments by Catalans president Bernard Guasch in which he criticised the performance of the match officials at Old Trafford.

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Incensed by the officials’ failure to punish Mata’utia, Guasch pointed to other crucial decisions which he claims affected the outcome of the match and said he would never allow his team to play in another final unless it was officiated by Australian referees.

An RFL spokesman said Guasch’s comments are being considered by its compliance department.

In an interview with the Perpignan-based L’Independent newspaper, Guasch said: “As long as I’m president of the Catalans Dragons, I’ll never play a Super League final again until we have three Australian referees.

“I’m furious, at some point I say stop? I wanted to react like an English gentleman because I have a lot of respect for this competition.

“I am proud to have lived these three extraordinary days at Old Trafford as the English know how to organise them.

“But I saw the match again and I tell myself that I cannot let this go by without reacting and making a decision.”

3 Comments

    • So it was OK that kasiano got away with 2 highs in 1st half & malony was clearly seen stamping on a saints players ankle ….but hey ho that is catalans putting up with this . Hahaha

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