Ex Saints hit with four-match ban

James Graham
James Graham

Former Saints prop James Graham has been banned for four matches for his conduct in an NRL game which ended in crowd trouble and an injury to an official.

The 29-year-old Canterbury skipper was punished for a late tackle on South Sydney half-back Adam Reynolds as he attempted to charge down a kick.

He was also charged for his aggressive reaction to referee Gerard Sutton.

Reynolds is set to have scans this week after a ligament came away from a bone in his knee. He could be facing up to five months on the sidelines.

Bulldogs fans later targeted officials after their team lost 18-17.

One official was injured after supporters threw bottles.

New South Wales police confirmed that another official injured a shoulder in a fall. They have identified two people for “allegedly throwing bottles”.

Graham’s team-mates David Klemmer and Sam Kasiano were also suspended.

Klemmer, sin-binned for abusing the referee for the Graham decision, has been banned for three matches, while Kasiano was hit with a two-match ban after being found guilty of dangerous conduct.

Graham has endured a chequered disciplinary history since moving from Saints to the NRL at the end of 2011.

He was banned for 12 matches after appearing to bite Aussie full-back Billy Slater’s ear in a clash in the 2012 Grand Final.