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St George Illawarra were today issued with a NRL breach notice for $10,000 regarding post-match comments by Dragons coach Nathan Brown. This following an incident in the Dragons v Bulldogs match at WIN Stadium last Saturday.
This is Brown's second fine this year. Last month he was fined $5000 by the NRL after his well-documented sideline slap of captain Trent Barrett.
Brown today acknowledged he should not have used such colourful language to describe an on-field decision by a touch-judge Steve Nash.
In the post match interview, Brown described the decision as "f_ _ _ing disgraceful" before adding it was one of several "f_ _ _ing disgraceful" decisions in the match.
This followed on-field comments from Lance Thompson after he was incorrectly penalised for a late tackle on Jonathan Thurston. The Dragons skipper levelling his criticism at referee, Paul Simpkins.
“You've got a bloke whose two metres away who lets it go and you've got a bloke whose 20 metres away who wants to make a decision. It makes me laugh. Who's running the game?” Thompson queried.
The Bulldogs scored in the following play and went onto to win the match 18-16.
NRL referees boss Robert Finch later said he thought Nash had "got it wrong" and it was a "soft call".
The Dragons plan to present their concerns to Finch this week about a number of issues arising from the Bulldogs match on Saturday night, one of which has resulted in the $10,000 fine to the club.
Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust said he was disappointed the NRL chose a financial remedy to the situation.
“Throughout the extensive interview process Nathan was seeking to support his players and their contribution on behalf of the team and the club,” Doust said. “He also expressed their disappointment with a particular decision that he and the players felt affected them very strongly.
“Nathan will make no further comment about the incident. The Board will consider the club's position on the matter at our Board meeting tomorrow.”