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ORL crackdown

Thursday, 30th June, 2011

STRONG MESSAGE: The Outback Rugby League has meted out punishment to a number of players and spectators following a match between the Wilcannia Boomerangs and Menindee Yabbies. STRONG MESSAGE: The Outback Rugby League has meted out punishment to a number of players and spectators following a match between the Wilcannia Boomerangs and Menindee Yabbies.

A Rugby League player has been banned from the game for two years and a spectator for 12 months after an incident-laced match between Wilcannia and Menindee two weeks ago.

They were among a number of players and spectators punished by the Outback Rugby League (ORL) this week following a judiciary hearing into the match between the Boomerangs and Yabbies.

“A number of people were sin-binned and one player was sent from the field for using offensive language on the field and swearing at the referee,” league chairman Dave Gallagher said.

“Also a number of spectators were using offensive language towards the referees and players. One spectator was identified and went before the judiciary.”

Two of the players who were sent to the sin bin received a one game suspension and the player who was sent from the field has received a two year ban.

Gallagher said all of those banned played for Wilcannia but he did not want to identify them.

“The player who was sent from the field was suspended last year and was only allowed (to play again) after making an apology,” Gallagher said.

The player will have a 12 month suspended sentence after the ban and if he comes before the judiciary in that time, the player will be looking at a life ban.

Another Wilcannia player was banned for 18 months with a further 12 months suspended.

The spectator who fronted the judiciary received a 12 month ban.

Gallagher said the league would not tolerate aggressive behaviour towards umpires from players or spectators who were intoxicated.

“We try to promote a family friendly atmosphere and this takes it away,” he said.

“One incident is (one) too many. We are trying to build the game up where it was before, this type of behaviour is inexcusable - you can’t have it.”

 

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