Leigh owner Derek Beaumont has been fined £2,000 and warned over his future conduct by the Rugby Football League.
It relates to comments he made after their Super League defeat to Castleford Tigers in Round 16.
The Centurions lost the game 38-0 and had three tries chalked off by the video referee.
Following the game, Beaumont said: “We need to stand up as a sport and talk about it (the standard of refereeing) because it’s making our game look a laughing stock. It’s a joke shop. It’s incompetent and it’s not good enough.
“You talk to every owner and coach and they can’t say anything because they’re scared of getting fined. I don’t care about getting fined, I really genuinely don’t.”
The RFL statement regarding the fine reads: “Beaumont was found to have breached RFL Operational Rule D1.1 (b) Improper Conduct (engages in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the Game or which is improper); Operational Rule C2.12 Criticism of Official (make any public statement written which contains criticism of the character of a Match Official or criticism of the manner in which a Match Official had officiated at a Match) and Operational Rule C2.10 Behaviour Standards (no Director of a Club or other senior personnel shall act in a manner unbefitting of the position which they hold).”
Leigh’s owner has 14 days to appeal the fine.