Canberra have today been issued with a $5,000 fine by the NRL, after Raiders coach David Furner approached match officials at half-time, during his sides clash with the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Both referees and the ground manager confirmed that Furner did indeed approach the match officials, as he questioned some of the decisions that they made in the first-half.
Clause 1.32.2 f. of the NRL Operations Manual states: â€œUnder no circumstances are match officials to be approached, questioned, or harassed in any way by Club Officials either during or after a matchâ€.
The definition of a Club Official includes; the Club CEO; a director or employee; a coach; a member of the coaching or football staff; a member of the medical staff.
â€œWhile the comments were in no way abusive, we cannot allow a situation where coaches or officials make comments towards match officials while the match is still in progress,â€ NRL Director of Football Operations, Mr Nathan McGuirk, said.
â€œThere are plenty of opportunities for clubs to question decisions relating to a match but this simply was not one of them.â€
The Raiders have five working days to respond to the breach notice.