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NRL to take no action against Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy

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THE NRL will not sanction Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy after he made post-match comments that were critical of referee Ashley Klein following Storm's loss to Newcastle on Saturday night.

Bellamy, who has already been fined $10,000 (with $5000 suspended) this season for missing a post-game press conference, will not be sanctioned by the league after officials reviewed his comments on Monday morning.

The Storm won't make an official complaint about Klein but will follow up privately with referees boss Tony Archer to seek clarification about some of the rulings and any areas where the team can improve its defensive practices to avoid penalties.

Bellamy was furious after his side's 32-30 loss after the siren on Saturday, a match in which Storm lost the penalty count 11-3 overall and 7-0 in the second half.

"I'm really disappointed in the way the game was refereed," Bellamy had said.

"There was 7-0 penalties [against Melbourne] in the second half (and) there's not one side worse than the other.


"Ashley Klein obviously doesn't like the way we play our footy.

"We've had that many times when we've had him this year and the penalty count, it hasn't even been close.

"Every time we have Ashley we always seem to be on the wrong side of the penalty count and a fair way on the wrong side."

Storm have lost five out of six matches this season in which Klein has been one of the two match referees and Bellamy has previously complained to the league about his disappointment in how Klein referees his team.

Storm forward Tim Glasby looks likely to escape suspension after his careless tackle charge from Saturday night was rated as a grade one, 75-point penalty.

The NRL judiciary has offered Glasby a 56-point penalty if he takes an early plea which would mean he only receives a reprimand and carry over points if charged in future.

Storm host Cronulla at AAMI Park on Saturday at 5.30pm in their second last home game.

They are stuck in a logjam to make the top-eight.