Stankevitch fined for abusing referee

John Stankevitch during his playing career
John Stankevitch during his playing career

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.