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Richard Agar punished for referee comments

Richard Agar revealed in a press conference this morning that he has been charged by the RFL in the past for his “honest and factual” comments relating to incidents sent to the disciplinary match review.

Those comments were made in relation to the Alex Mellor incident in Leeds’ hammering of Salford a fortnight ago, where the second-rower was given a one-match ban for contact with the referee.

Agar was bemused with the charge: “The fact I replied to a question about the makeup of the panel and two ex-Leigh players being on it.

“I stated a fact and stated I thought we had a fair hearing. I am not sure I could be any more honest than that.”

The Leeds head coach also countered some of Wakefield chairman Michael Carter’s comments on the match review system.

“I feel some of Michael’s frustration in that, we all do, but I have a slightly different take.

“I think Paul Cullen (who heads the panel) has done a consistent job and sometimes we have to appreciate his hands are tied by the rules in place.

“Paul is up to the date with the game, I strongly believe that and I think the dialogue with him is always open, honest and positive even if we widely disagree with the suspensions.

“At times we can question the gradings, but I think we that’s what we strive for in terms of consistency and sometimes it’s difficult to get that.”

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