Aston dismay over abuse fine

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston has expressed his “disappointment” after he was fined £250 for “verbally abusing” a referee last season.

The RFL decision follows comments about match official Chris Leatherbarrow following the Eagles 30-26 defeat at Halifax in August.

“I’m extremely disappointed by the decision; in 13 years as a coach I have never had a fine or a warning,” said Aston.

Aston, who coached the Eagles to their first Co-operative Championship last season, was found to be in breach of the game’s Operational Rule D.18 (c) (Prejudicial Conduct) and the sport’s Respect Policy. He must pay £125 with the rest suspended until the end of the 2013 season.

He added: “I fully abide and support the Respect Policy but I do feel that it should work both ways. Beyond that I don’t think I should comment.”

Aston had pointed to decisions he felt denied his team three tries and asked why an inexperienced referee was in charge of a high profile game.