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Catalans Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch set to be investigated

Catalans Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch will be investigated over comments made in the French club’s narrow and heartbreaking defeat to St Helens in the Grand Final on Saturday night.

A number of decisions made by referee Liam Moore as well as his officiating entourage went against the French side. Fouad Yaha could have had a penalty try when Tommy Makinson was sin binned in the second-half and some believe an incident of foul play went unnoticed early in the game. Sione Mata’utia also escaped punishment for a punch.

That led Guasch to launch a tirade following the game: “As long as I’m president of the Catalans Dragons, I’ll never play a Super League final again until we have three Australian referees.

“I’m furious, at some point I say stop? I wanted to react like an English gentleman because I have a lot of respect for this competition.

“I am proud to have lived these three extraordinary days at Old Trafford as the English know how to organise them.

“But I saw the match again and I tell myself that I cannot let this go by without reacting and making a decision.”

The RFL has since released a statement alongside its Disciplinary Match Review which has confirmed that Guasch will be investigated.



  1. Sean Currie

    October 11, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    As a Rhinos fan I want to know why Bernard Guasch might be investigated for saying things that were completely obvious to any neutral who watched the game? Coote’s foot in touch when he pushed the penalty kick back into play was a shocking decision, and it is inexplicable how the touch judge could not see this or at least suggest the video ref take a closer look. That said, I do not think it was a penalty try on Yaha.

    Sione Mata’utia should have been binned, and there were a lot of offsides not picked up.

    I watch most games that are televised, and have often thought that Catalans get more decisions against them than any other team.

    So I suggest the RFL look at the overall standard of refereeing and seek to improve this.

    Great final overall, and congratulations to the Saints for 3-in-a-row. Tremendous team.

  2. Michael Gartside

    October 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

    He’s right the same actions against St Helens wouldn’t have been missed. The referee was using rose tinted glasses.

  3. Sheogorath

    October 12, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Racism is unacceptable in any form. Guasch should be heavily punished. Even so far as his club be docked points.

  4. T.W.Townsend

    October 12, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Mata utia should have worked

  5. William Ball

    October 14, 2021 at 7:31 am


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