Pay cops massive fine over referee tirade
CANTERBURY coach Dean Pay is set to be whacked with an almighty $25,000 fine by the NRL following his scorching press conference in the wake of last Thursday's controversial loss to Brisbane.
Pay, who described the refereeing as "disgraceful" and "ridiculous" and said "it is like we are not supposed to win" was issued a breach notice on Monday and has five days to respond.
The NRL's Head of Football Brian Canavan, in a statement, said Pay's spray "reflected on the integrity and performance of the match officials and went beyond the acceptable parameters".
Pay unloaded on match officials after his side's 22-20 defeat at Suncorp Stadium, which was decided by a last-minute sin-binning of Bulldogs fullback Moses Mbye - and subsequent penalty shot from in front by Brisbane's Jamayne Isaako.
Mbye was sent to the bin for making contact with Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd as the two chased down an attacking kick.
"Is that worth a penalty to stop a game of football? We didn't get the opportunity to keep playing. The game was over," Pay said.
"I have got a group of blokes in there that have busted their arse and to be decided like that is ridiculous.
"What do I say to them? It is like we are not supposed to win."
It was the final straw for Pay, who was unimpressed by the referee's performance as a whole.
"There was a lot of decisions out there that went against us - a lot," Pay said.
"We shouldn't even have been in that position."
Much was made of a call midway through the second half in which it appeared Isaako had knocked on, but played was allowed to continue.
The Broncos scored a penalty goal shortly after.
"We put a kick up, the winger catches the ball and gives himself up as if it is a knock on, and then he tells him to play on," Pay said.
"It looks like a knock-on, then it is a knock-on. It was a disgraceful call."