Parramatta face a $15,000 fine after the NRL issued the Eels a breach notice following coach Ricky Stuart’s latest attack on referees’ boss Daniel Anderson.
Stuart labelled the 13-6 penalty count against Parramatta in Sunday’s 30-10 loss to South Sydney a disgrace and claimed most coaches in the league didn’t think Anderson was doing the right job.
“To keep my job, I don’t communicate with Daniel Anderson because I don’t agree with what he’s doing,” Stuart said.
“I know a lot of other coaches, or most, are the same in regards to my thoughts.”
The Eels have five business days to make submissions in relation to the breach notice.
“There are clear guidelines for coaches and officials in regards to commenting on decisions and they do not permit an attack on a match official’s character or integrity,” said the NRL general manager of football operations Nathan McGuirk in a statement.
“To question the competency of the match officials and the head of the referees in that manner is not acceptable.”
Parramatta have already been fined $10,000 this season for Stuart’s lambasting of Anderson after the Eels’ round-six loss to the Gold Coast.
“Since we played the Gold Coast and I had my little tantrum with the referees, we train with discipline,” Stuart said.
“I’ve tried to get the boys to live with discipline. We’ve worked that hard in regards to our discipline off the footy field at training.
“We cannot be so different every week to the opposition – not penalty counts but what we’re getting penalised for.
“Most of them are deserved but the same actions aren’t being penalised with the opposition team.
“We haven’t got a football team that can handle that … I’ve got to stand up and say that for the fans and the players.
“It wouldn’t be right of me if I didn’t.”
Stuart said coaches of the top sides were wary of criticising Anderson.
“I don’t know what his job description is, but I don’t believe it’s being fulfilled. It’s very, very frustrating,” he said.
“Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes people don’t like hearing what actually is happening out there.
“A lot of other coaches won’t say this because they’re all trying to fight (for) a spot for the eight and they don’t want to upset the apple cart.”