Brown fined over ‘war of words’

Saints coach Nathan Brown
Saints coach Nathan Brown
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Saints coach Nathan Brown has been hit with a £1,000 fine for his war of words with Wigan boss Shaun Wane following last week’s acrimonious derby win.

Brown blasted referee Phil Bentham’s performance in Friday’s match, describing the officiating as “horrible” and alleging Wigan put pressure on RFL officials.

His comments were investigated by the RFL which found both Brown and Wane, who complained about a decision to disallow a try, guilty of misconduct and breaking operational rules by “engaging in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the game”.

Half of Brown’s fine will be suspended until the end of the season.

Wane was given a £500 fine, half of which was suspended.

Both men were issued with warnings about their future conduct.

Brown, who was fined £500 in April of last year after publicly criticising a referee, has accepted his punishment while Wane has 14 days to take an appeal to an operational rules tribunal.

Meanwhile, Barrow player-coach Bobbie Goulding has been fined £250 for questioning the integrity of referee Gareth Hewer following his side’s home defeat by Doncaster in a Championship match at Craven Park last month.

The 42-year-old former Great Britain scrum-half, who has made a playing comeback with the Raiders, is already serving a five-match ban after being sent off in that match for using abusive language towards a touchjudge.

The fine relates to comments made to the media in a post-match interview in which he questioned the appointment of a Whitehaven referee for a match involving a Cumbrian club.

The panel gave Goulding a warning over his future conduct and suspended half the fine until the end of the 2015 season.

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