Newcastle Rugby League clubs have been sent a reminder notice and Cessnock coach Steve Kidd officially warned following public comments made about referee standards in first grade on the weekend.
Kidd criticised the performance of veteran whistle blower John Taylor and lack of punishment for high tackles in the Newcastle Herald after his side’s 27-22 victory over Coalfields rivals Kurri Kurri on Saturday.
“Steve Kidd was sent a warning notice,” Newcastle RL chief executive officer Matt Harris said.
“It was considered by us and don’t believe there was any intent to challenge the integrity of the referee, but obviously there’s a line that we’ve got to be careful club coaches don’t cross.
“We all acknowledge coaching can be frustrating, but there’s protocol to follow when it comes to questioning referees or officials decisions and through the media isn’t it. We’ll send a notice to all our clubs and coaches before the weekend, which will be along similar lines to act as a reminder.”