FORMER St Helens ace John Stankevitch has been fined £1,000 for verbally abusing a referee.
The Rochadale coach was found guilty by a Rugby Football League operational rules tribunal of verbally abusing referee George Stokes during his side’s 40-16 Northern Rail Cup defeat by Keighley on February 26.
Stankevitch was deemed to be guilty of improper conduct and a breach of the sport’s respect policy.
The tribunal suspended £500 of the £1,000 fine until the end of the 2013 season but ordered Stankevitch to surrender a further £250 which had been suspended from a previous misconduct charge.
Stankevitch has the right of appeal.