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Roosters hit with $40k fine by NRL

  • Roosters hit with $40k fine by NRL

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is expecting to attract scrutiny from NRL boss Todd Greenberg over controversial comments he made attacking the bunker and referee Ben Cummins in the wake of his side's loss to St George Illawarra on Anzac Day.

Robinson savaged the NRL's newly installed bunker and Cummins following the Roosters' controversial 20-18 loss at Allianz Stadium on Monday.

Under NRL rules coaches are forbidden to comment on the performances of match officials, including the bunker. Coaches who break the rule are subject to a fine of at least $10,000 fine.

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"Ben has been horrible and disrespectful to our players for many years and it has continued," Robinson said.

"He speaks poorly to our players. He won't look them in the eye."

Robinson also lined up the bunker.

"The bunker has decided to be the onfield referee today, they jumped in at every occasion, they are not the match review committee," he said.

"It was just soft on Anzac Day. We want to play a tough game and they were soft calls coming from the bunker, they were not good enough.

"I am not saying we would have won, I am saying we should have had a chance to win,"

Robinson was particularly incensed over a 50th minute penalty for a Kane Evans late tackle - the resulting penalty goal the difference between the two sides - and Dylan Napa being put on report late for a tackle on Taane Milne.

Robinson, who made the comments in the presence of Roosters chairman Nick Politis and CEO John Lee, knows the outburst sailed close to the wind.

When asked whether he would call referees boss Tony Archer first thing Tuesday morning to discuss the issues, Robinson replied: "I would say (NRL CEO) Todd (Greenberg) might be ringing me."

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