26 Nov 2008

Webber to investigate Stuart affair

6:23 am on 26 November 2008

Rugby league World Cup tournament director Colin Love has appointed Rob Webber to investigate a complaint against Australian coach Ricky Stuart.

World Cup final referee Ashley Klein has complained over an accidental meeting with Stuart the day after the final, which Australia lost to New Zealand in a major upset.

The Kangaroos coach is reported to have verbally abused the referee over his handling of the final.

The investigation is expected to take some time to report, with a number of officials on holiday or out of the country.