Posted By Staff Reporter
Queensland based referee Tim Butterford, his two touch judges Andrew Ware and Craig Secombe were assaulted by TNA Lions supporters after the grand final match played between Lions and Agmark Gurias at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, PNG.
In what was a good grand final displayed by both Gurias and Lions where Gurias came out winning 26-18, supporters took the matter into their own hands from the sideline when one of the Lions official who was with the players ran into Butterfield, Ware and Secombe and started throwing punches.
Empty containers were thrown down from the main and outer grand stand while Gurias supporters on the outerstands were chased and further assaulted by angry Lions supporters.
Member for Chuave and a great staunch rugby league supporter Wera Mori had to physically calm the situation at the main grand stand before walking down to the playing field to stop further disruptions from supporters and angry players.
While congratulating Lions players for making the grand final Mori said, “This must not happen. One has to win and one has to lose, it’s all part of the game. Simbu were out for some time due to such behavior and I had to stop them.”
Franchise owner Gerard Phillip was seen physically trying his best to stop some of his officials who wanted to further cause trouble which was already happening.
Butterfield, Secombe and Ware could not be reached for comments as by then supporters were on them as they quickly escaped into the dressing room downstairs and were taken away.
Police and security personnel came in late but the suspect who assaulted the visitors was apprehended by police and was further punched by the police officer who held the suspect in hand.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka was very disappointed and shouted at the disgruntled Lions’ supporter up from the Chairman’s corporate box at the grand stand calling down to the police to arrest the culprit.
PNGNRL judiciary board member David Silovo said it was really sad to see such happening when Lions did very well by making the grand final this year but only to paint a bad picture in the end was really discouraging.
“Yes, PNGNRL judiciary will sit and discuss about what has happened and will let the respective franchise know of the outcome,” Silovo said.
Source: Post Courier/PNGFacts
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