Clarke unleashes scathing attack on Super League and the RFL

Sky Sports’ pundit Phil Clarke has blasted Super League and the RFL for failing to make a stance following the ugly scenes in Perpignan on Saturday.

In an already ill-tempered game, a mass brawl broke out in the final few minutes with referee James Child brandishing two red cards and four yellows.

However, following the conclusion of this week’s disciplinary hearings, only three players have been suspended and referee Child has been dropped to the Championship – something Clarke has labelled disgraceful.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “I’m disappointed in the Rugby Football League and Super League that this week the only real thing that’s come out of that game is that the referee from the match was dropped to the division below, which I think is disgraceful.

“Both clubs should be in some way investigated for not been able to control their players on the pitch.

“If you look back in football, it might be almost 20 years ago, Arsenal and Man United played in a game (1990) and there were ugly scenes in that.

“The league and the sport were strong enough to deduct points from the league table for both of those sides.”

Clarke added: “I think Warrington and Catalans should be sent a message which will then cascade to every other team in Super League that unless you control your players and if they (fail to) respect the referee on the field then there will be serious consequences.

“The referee did his best but it appeared to me that both sets of players didn’t really want a referee and weren’t prepared to listen to him. It was a very bad look for the sport.”

Watch the full video here.

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