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Referee quits over “perceived conflict of interest”

Bernard Sutton has quit as referees adviser to the Queensland Maroons.

The ex-NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton resigned to enable brother Gerard to be the official for the State of Origin clash this weekend.

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo had a conversation with Bernard Sutton and said if he stayed in the Maroons role, the referee appointments committee would investigate.

Queensland RL have, however, taken a strong stance, to what they have called an “absurd” view, according to The Age.

“That’s how absurd the whole thing is, he was contracted before any of the appointments were made,” QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher said.

“I think the solution is too extreme for the issue.

“I cannot believe a bloke goes into camp as a referees instructor and that someone says his brother can’t referee because he’s with Queensland. Please.

“I have got quite a strong view and I find it absolutely astounding they don’t have the discussions and just make these decisions. It’s heavy handed and narrow minded.”

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