BBC Sport rugbyleague

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 18:40 GMT, Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Leeds Rhinos centre Keith Senior fined for ref outburst

Keith Senior
Senior has been at Headingley for more than a decade

Leeds Rhinos centre Keith Senior has been fined £1,000 by the Rugby Football League for his post-match outburst at last week's World Club Challenge.

Senior called match referee Richard Silverwood "arrogant" following the Rhinos' 18-10 loss to Melbourne.

Senior had pleaded guilty to the RFL's Operational Rules Tribunal charge of criticising Mr Silverwood's character.

The 33-year-old was fined £500, with a further £500 suspended for the remainder of the season.

The experienced Great Britain international immediately apologised for the remarks, said in the heat of the moment straight after the game at Elland Road on 28 February, in which Mr Silverwood gave a string of controversial decisions which upset the Leeds crowd.

A fine was appropriate, given that this was a personal attack on the referee's character rather than a criticism of a decision by the referee

RFL statement on Keith Senior

In a club statement, several hours after the game, he said: "I would like to apologise for any offence caused by my comments.

"Unfortunately, I let my emotions get the better of me.

"Having had time to reflect on my comments, I appreciate that, like us players, referees have a difficult job to do and we do not have a game without them."

At Wednesday's tribunal, the panel took into consideration not only that public apology but Senior's previous good record during a lengthy career and his admission of guilt.

The RFL said they felt 'a fine was appropriate, given that this was a personal attack on the referee's character rather than a criticism of a decision by the referee.'



Print Sponsor


BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.