8 Sep 2016

Sport: PNG league official banned, club suspended

From , 5:00 am on 8 September 2016

Mount Hagen Eagles trainer Stanley Akinu has been banned for life by the Papua New Guinea National Rugby League board after assaulting the referee following his team's defeat by the Agmark Gurias in last month's Digicel Cup semi-finals.

Two Eagles players were handed10-year bans, with four Gurias players fined and given five-match suspensions for retaliating.

The Western Highlands franchise has been suspended from the Digicel Cup for three years.

Papua New Guinea's Minister for Sport, Justin Tkatchenko, told Vinnie Wylie that strong public pressure helped the PNGNRL make their decision.