McManus fined for Challenge Cup comments

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St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has been fined £3,000 with £1,000 of it suspended, for his comments following the 2019 Challenge Cup Final.

McManus was highly critical of referee Robert Hicks in his matchday programme column the following week for their game against Castleford Tigers.

He criticised him being on ITV’s Granada Reports, where he met the Warrington fan who had sent him a death threat, and then some of his decisions on the day, notably the decision to not give an early try to Morgan Knowles, despite video evidence suggesting he had scored.

McManus has acknowledged he breached the RFL Operation Rules.

Karen Moorhouse, RFL Chief Regulatory Officer, said: “Match officials are hardworking, impartial, and deserving of respect and support. Theirs is a difficult job and without them there is no game.

“Through the Enjoy the Game campaign we encourage professional clubs to set an example for the rest of the sport, to support the recruitment and retention of match officials, and to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of match officials alongside that of players and coaches.

“We will be working with clubs to reinforce the importance of the Enjoy the Game campaign during the off-season.”

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