Tkatchenko: It is a very, very sad day for Rugby League

first_imgThe fight broke out right at fulltime when an Eagles official questioned the referees decisions before throwing punches at him. This is when the rowdy Eagles spectators on the grandstand started throwing water bottles and missiles at the umpires and the Gurias player before the crowd from the outer stand launched in from all angles and started beating and chasing the officials and the Gurias players.Minister Justin Tkatchenko expressed his disappointment posting on his Facebook page saying that it is a “very, very, sad day for Rugby League.”“The primitive and the uneducated action of the Hagen Eagles officials and supporters must be condemned at the highest level,” the Minister said.Adding that we have all worked so hard to put Rugby League back on track to take our National Sport to the next level and as Minister I will not allow stupidity and the selfish actions of a few destroy this Sport.“I will be directing in the strongest terms that the officials involved be banned for life from ever participating in Rugby League again and that a criminal investigation be carryout to arrest those that assaulted the umpires and players,” the Minister added.He also stated that the Hagen Eagles must be deregistered and banned for life for not following and upholding the rules of ethics and laws of Rugby League.  “This is not the first time this Club and team have caused problems for the Code. We must never tolerate at all this sort of behavior.”Minister Tkatchenko apologised to the People of East New Britain, the Gurias Management, Staff and players for having to go through such disgraceful behavior.“I will do my best working with the PNGRFL to ensure new and tougher penalties are put in place so this disgusting behavior hopefully never happens again,” he stated.last_img

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