JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.



Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart fined $10,000

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Gould: NSW's Origin chances

With the Blues playing the best in the business, what are their chances of bringing home the series? Phil Gould discusses with Andrew Webster.

PT0M0S 620 349

The NRL has forced Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to put $10,000 in the 'swear jar', admitting "language" had contributed to his latest fine for criticising refereeing.

The NRL issued the Raiders a breach notice on Wednesday after Stuart described the officiating as ''shit'', ''laughable", "poor" and "not at the standard of first grade" following Sunday's 26-20 loss to Penrith.

Stuart has now been fined $105,000 over the duration of his NRL coaching career, which began in 2002, resulting from nine separate incidents.

But Raiders and Panthers players will escape any penalties, despite a number of far worse obscenities being heard via the referee microphones during the television broadcast of the match.

The Raiders are expected to decide overnight whether to fight Stuart's fine, although they have five days to lodge an appeal.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart fined $10,000

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart fined $10,000 Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Stuart was heavily critical of the refereeing performances of Gavin Badger and Grant Atkins on Sunday, but it was widely tipped he would escape a fine on this occasion because he'd criticised decisions rather than the integrity of the individual referees.

But a slip of the tongue, where Stuart referred to "shit refereeing" before correcting himself and saying "poor refereeing decisions", appears to have been a big part of his downfall.

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said the NRL had a duty to protect match officials against excessive criticism or comments which attacked their integrity. He also addressed the foul-language.

“Coaches have every right to comment on the refereeing of a match and to be critical of particular decisions,” Mr Greenberg said.

“But those comments should not be excessive or damage the image of the game – and that is what has happened in this case. We have to take a stand against this kind of commentary or it will open the door for coaches to do the same thing week after week. And that is not in the best interests of the game.”

Stuart contacted referees boss Tony Archer on Monday.

In particular, Stuart was seething about Raiders back-rower Shaun Fensom being denied a crucial try in the second half.

Badger reversed a penalty against Canberra's David Shillington for reacting to an elbow from Penrith's James Segeyaro, but did not award the try that was scored from the ensuing play. 

Stuart was also critical of two penalties against Raiders centre Jarrod Croker, where referees ruled he had taken out Panthers players while contesting bombs.

Despite rival captains Terry Campese and Peter Wallace being heard on the live telecast using "F" and "C" words, no players face sanctions.

A NRL spokesman said it was the audible swearing was a responsibility of the broadcaster, Fox Sports.

The spokesman also said it was a "different environment" to a live press conference, with referees able to immediately penalise players on the field for any language they felt was offensive.

34 comments so far

  • Gotta love the NRL. Teams continue to cop third rate decisions from referees that frequently cost them wins and the most the NRL ever does-if they do anything-is to stand the fools down for a week or so whilst the object of their incompetence still lose the points. Stuart probably shouldn't have used such colourful language but I can certainly understand why he said what he did. Don't wait though for the NRL to actually do anything to fix the continuing problem of these lousy refereeing decisions. That would require the NRL to "grow a pair" and that they will never do!

    Commenter
    curaeus
    Date and time
    May 21, 2014, 7:04PM
    • Yep gotta agree with you....the thing that amazes me is the fact that a lot of these really dodgy refereeing blunders seem to continually happen to the teams down on the bottom of the ladder....it never happens to storm or the broncs but always the battlers....personally I think the whole game is rigged....the cowboys have had some disgraceful decisions handed to them over the years and I wonder if the NRL realize the cowboys fans don't travel and wipe them out come semi time.....it all looks very suspicious to me and has looked that way for years.

      Commenter
      webby
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 7:54PM
    • Rubbish. Canberra benefited from the refs as much as they were hurt by them. Stuart when under pressure goes ballistic at a press conference , plays the line about "doing it for the men that are hurting in the dressing room" and cops a fine. Two things he is trying to influence - firstly the refs in the future and secondly trying to ensure the players stay on his side when things get even worse. Keep in mind he has never ever left a club in better shape than when he found it. Canberra will be no different.

      Commenter
      Mitch
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 9:01PM
    • Totally agree Curaeus. If poor referring continues then people will just stop supporting NRL

      Commenter
      Maxis
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 10:19PM
    • Webby, I can imagine there are a lot of Storm and Cowboy fans laughing over their cereal this morning when they read your comments. Both clubs have been copping a disproportionate amount of woeful decisions in big games for years from NRL (NSWRFL) referees in what appears to be a xenophobic approach from the League's masters to ensure non Sydney teams do not succeed. Fortunately both clubs and the Broncos are too well run to let these Sydney based amateurs get their way. Mark my words, someone like Bellamy or Thurston will write an all revealing book when they retire.

      Commenter
      Brian
      Date and time
      May 22, 2014, 9:05AM
  • Do what they do in tennis, each player (or TEAM) gets 3 challenges.

    Allow the captain to formally challenge a decision, pause the clock and get a ruling from the video referee.

    Commenter
    yoda
    Date and time
    May 21, 2014, 7:35PM
    • Ricky Stuart is to NRL what Bigmouth Mundine is to Boxing
      Opinionated, not many marbles working in the brain, mouth that moves faster than a speeding bullet but only delivers crap, both old and past their 'use by date'.

      Commenter
      Pistol. Pete
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 7:39PM
      • If Daley looses this Origin Series expect Stuart back. No ifs, no buts. Who else is there?

        Commenter
        enough is enough
        Date and time
        May 21, 2014, 10:09PM
    • Interesting show of what could be considered bias by the NRL here (IMO)

      Not that long ago we had Thurston say far worse but escape scot free , just as he did in 2013 and 2012 and yet others are fined. Why?

      Commenter
      Gaz
      Location
      Dubbo Way
      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 9:54PM
      • Because he's star player and a protected species. Ricky is a coach at a lower level team that the NRL only cares about because it's a development club. If the Raiders decided to buy teams and damn the consequences like the Storm the NRL would be in a hell of a predicament.

        Commenter
        YS
        Date and time
        May 22, 2014, 8:04AM

    More comments

    Make a comment

    You are logged in as [Logout]

    All information entered below may be published.

    Error: Please enter your screen name.

    Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Please enter your comment.

    Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

    Post to

    You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

    Thank you

    Your comment has been submitted for approval.

    Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

    Related Coverage

    HuffPost Australia

    NRL Season 2016

    Round 1
    Thu, 03 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PAR vs BRI 20:05Pirtek
    Fri, 04 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MAN vs CBY 20:05BO
    Sat, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CBR vs PEN 15:00GIO
    WST vs NZW 17:30CSS
    NQL vs CRO 19:301300
    Sun, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SYD vs SOU 16:00AS
    GCT vs NEW 18:30Cbus
    Mon, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MEL vs STG 19:00AAMI
    Fri, 09 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    Sat, 10 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    vs 00:00TBA
    Sun, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    View All Fixtures
    Round 2
    Thu, 10 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PEN vs CBY 20:05Pepp
    Fri, 11 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BRI vs NZW 20:05SUN
    Sat, 12 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CBR vs SYD 15:00GIO
    SOU vs NEW 17:30ANZ
    PAR vs NQL 19:30Pirtek
    Sun, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CRO vs STG 16:00Shark Park
    MEL vs GCT 18:30AAMI
    Mon, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
    WST vs MAN 19:00VAS
    Fri, 16 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    Sat, 17 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    View All Fixtures
    Round 3
    Thu, 17 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NQL vs SYD 20:051300
    Fri, 18 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CBY vs PAR 20:05ANZ
    Sat, 19 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NEW vs CBR 17:30HS
    PEN vs BRI 19:30Pepp
    GCT vs WST 21:30Cbus
    Sun, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NZW vs MEL 14:00MSS
    STG vs SOU 16:00SCG
    Mon, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MAN vs CRO 19:00BO
    Fri, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    Sat, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    View All Fixtures
    Round 4
    Fri, 25 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SOU vs CBY 16:00ANZ
    BRI vs NQL 20:05SUN
    Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CBR vs GCT 17:30GIO
    SYD vs MAN 19:30AS
    Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
    STG vs PEN 16:00WIN
    Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NZW vs NEW 14:00MSS
    WST vs PAR 16:00ANZ
    CRO vs MEL 19:00Shark Park
    Sun, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
    vs 00:00TBA
    View All Fixtures
    Round 5
    Thu, 31 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MAN vs SOU 20:05BO
    Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
    GCT vs BRI 20:05Cbus
    Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
    MEL vs NEW 15:00AAMI
    WST vs CRO 17:30CSS
    NQL vs STG 19:301300
    Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs NZW 14:00AS
    PAR vs PEN 16:00Pirtek
    Mon, 04 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs CBR 19:00Belmore Sports Ground
    View All Fixtures
    Round 6
    Thu, 07 AprTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs STG 19:50SUN
    Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
    SOU vs SYD 19:50ANZ
    Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
    PAR vs CBR 15:00Pirtek
    NZW vs MAN 17:30MSS
    PEN vs NQL 19:30Pepp
    Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRO vs GCT 14:00Shark Park
    NEW vs WST 16:00HS
    Mon, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
    MEL vs CBY 19:00AAMI
    View All Fixtures
    Round 7
    Thu, 14 AprTimes shown AEST
    MAN vs PAR 19:50BO
    Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
    NQL vs SOU 19:501300
    Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
    GCT vs STG 15:00Cbus
    CBY vs NZW 17:30Westpac Stadium
    BRI vs NEW 19:30SUN
    Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs CRO 14:00GIO
    WST vs MEL 16:00VAS
    Mon, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs PEN 19:00AS
    View All Fixtures
    Round 8
    Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs SOU 19:50SUN
    Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs GCT 15:00ANZ
    CBR vs WST 17:30GIO
    NQL vs PAR 19:301300
    Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRO vs PEN 16:00Shark Park
    Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs MAN 14:00HS
    STG vs SYD 16:00AS
    MEL vs NZW 19:00AAMI
    View All Fixtures
    Round 9
    Thu, 28 AprTimes shown AEST
    SOU vs WST 19:50ANZ
    PAR vs CBY 19:50ANZ
    Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
    PEN vs CBR 15:00Carrington Park
    SYD vs NEW 17:30CCS
    MAN vs NQL 19:30BO
    Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs STG 12:00MSS
    GCT vs MEL 14:00Cbus
    CRO vs BRI 16:00Shark Park
    View All Fixtures
    Round 10
    Thu, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
    STG vs CBR 19:50Jubilee Oval
    Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
    PAR vs SOU 19:50Pirtek
    Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
    PEN vs NZW 15:00AMI Stadium
    MEL vs NQL 17:30SUN
    MAN vs BRI 19:30SUN
    Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs CRO 14:00HS
    WST vs CBY 16:00ANZ
    Mon, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
    GCT vs SYD 19:00Cbus
    View All Fixtures
    Round 11
    Thu, 19 MayTimes shown AEST
    SOU vs STG 19:50ANZ
    Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
    NQL vs BRI 19:501300
    Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
    WST vs NEW 15:00CSS
    NZW vs CBR 17:30Yarrow Stadium
    CRO vs MAN 19:30Shark Park
    Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
    PEN vs GCT 14:00Pepp
    CBY vs SYD 16:00ANZ
    Mon, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
    PAR vs MEL 19:00Pirtek
    View All Fixtures
    Round 12
    Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs WST 19:50SUN
    Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
    STG vs NQL 19:30WIN
    Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs CBY 16:00GIO
    Mon, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs PAR 19:00HS
    View All Fixtures
    Round 13
    Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs MAN 19:50GIO
    Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs BRI 15:00MSS
    NQL vs NEW 17:301300
    MEL vs PEN 19:30AAMI
    Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs WST 16:00AS
    SOU vs GCT 18:30nib Stadium
    Mon, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs CRO 19:00ANZ
    View All Fixtures
    Round 14
    Thu, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs CBR 19:50SUN
    Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
    WST vs SOU 19:50ANZ
    Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs NZW 15:00HS
    PAR vs GCT 17:30TIO
    SYD vs MEL 19:30AS
    Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
    MAN vs PEN 16:00BO
    Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
    STG vs CBY 16:00ANZ
    CRO vs NQL 19:00Shark Park
    View All Fixtures
    Round 15
    Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
    SOU vs PAR 19:50ANZ
    Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
    STG vs MEL 19:30WIN
    Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs SYD 16:00MSS
    Mon, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
    GCT vs MAN 19:00Cbus
    View All Fixtures
    Round 16
    Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
    PEN vs SOU 19:50Pepp
    Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs STG 15:00HS
    CRO vs NZW 17:30Shark Park
    CBY vs BRI 19:30ANZ
    Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
    GCT vs CBR 14:00Cbus
    MEL vs WST 16:00AAMI
    Mon, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
    NQL vs MAN 19:001300
    View All Fixtures
    Round 17
    Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs CBY 19:50AS
    Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs MEL 19:50SUN
    Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs GCT 15:00MSS
    WST vs PEN 17:30ANZ
    CRO vs PAR 19:30Shark Park
    Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs NEW 14:00GIO
    SOU vs NQL 16:00Barlow Park
    Mon, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
    MAN vs STG 19:00BO
    View All Fixtures
    Round 18
    Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
    PAR vs SYD 19:50Pirtek
    Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs WST 19:30ANZ
    Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
    PEN vs CRO 16:00Pepp
    Mon, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs NQL 19:00GIO
    View All Fixtures
    Round 19
    Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
    STG vs GCT 19:50Jubilee Oval
    Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
    MAN vs NZW 17:30nib Stadium
    SOU vs BRI 19:30ANZ
    Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
    NEW vs MEL 14:00HS
    PEN vs PAR 16:00Pepp
    Mon, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs CRO 19:00AS
    View All Fixtures
    Round 20
    Thu, 21 JulTimes shown AEST
    NQL vs CBY 19:501300
    Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs PEN 19:50SUN
    Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
    CBR vs NZW 15:00GIO
    GCT vs PAR 17:30Cbus
    MEL vs SYD 19:30AAMI
    Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
    CRO vs NEW 14:00Shark Park
    STG vs WST 16:00ANZ
    Mon, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
    SOU vs MAN 19:00ANZ
    View All Fixtures
    Round 21
    Wed, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs PEN 22:00MSS
    Thu, 28 JulTimes shown AEST
    SYD vs BRI 00:00AS
    CBY vs STG 00:00ANZ
    GCT vs CRO 00:00Cbus
    PAR vs WST 00:00ANZ
    SOU vs CBR 00:00ANZ
    MAN vs NEW 00:00BO
    NQL vs MEL 00:001300
    View All Fixtures
    Round 22
    Thu, 04 AugTimes shown AEST
    STG vs BRI 00:00WIN
    PAR vs MAN 00:00Pirtek
    CRO vs CBR 00:00Shark Park
    NEW vs CBY 00:00HS
    MEL vs SOU 00:00AAMI
    GCT vs NZW 00:00Cbus
    WST vs NQL 00:00VAS
    PEN vs SYD 00:00Pepp
    View All Fixtures
    Round 23
    Wed, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs SOU 22:00MSS
    Thu, 11 AugTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs MAN 00:00ANZ
    BRI vs PAR 00:00SUN
    WST vs GCT 00:00CSS
    STG vs CRO 00:00Jubilee Oval
    NEW vs PEN 00:00HS
    SYD vs NQL 00:00AS
    CBR vs MEL 00:00GIO
    View All Fixtures
    Round 24
    Thu, 18 AugTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs CBY 00:00SUN
    SYD vs STG 00:00AS
    NEW vs GCT 00:00HS
    NQL vs NZW 00:001300
    MAN vs MEL 00:00BO
    CBR vs PAR 00:00GIO
    PEN vs WST 00:00Pepp
    SOU vs CRO 00:00ANZ
    View All Fixtures
    Round 25
    Wed, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs WST 22:00MSS
    Thu, 25 AugTimes shown AEST
    CBY vs NQL 00:00Belmore Sports Ground
    MEL vs BRI 00:00AAMI
    GCT vs PEN 00:00Cbus
    MAN vs CBR 00:00BO
    CRO vs SYD 00:00Shark Park
    NEW vs SOU 00:00HS
    PAR vs STG 00:00Pirtek
    View All Fixtures
    Round 26
    Wed, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
    NZW vs PAR 22:00MSS
    Thu, 01 SepTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs SYD 00:00SUN
    CBY vs SOU 00:00ANZ
    STG vs NEW 00:00Jubilee Oval
    NQL vs GCT 00:001300
    MEL vs CRO 00:00AAMI
    WST vs CBR 00:00VAS
    PEN vs MAN 00:00Pepp
    View All Fixtures

    Follow Us on Facebook

    Featured advertisers