Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston faces ref quiz

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SHEFFIELD Eagles Mark Aston is the latest coach facing action by League bosses after criticising referees.

Aston has been asked by the Rugby Football League to explain comments made about the officials after the defeat by Halifax earlier this month.

The Eagles lost 30-26 with Aston claiming they were denied three tries by the referee and adding: “The best team lost. The man in the middle of the field spoilt the game.”

Aston confirmed that he had been contacted by the RFL. He added: “They’ve asked me whether I made certain comments.”

It’s a distraction Aston could do without as the Eagles chase a top-four finish, and a home game in the opening round of the play-offs, in their final league game at Dewsbury on Sunday.

The game’s authorities have been conducting a crackdown on criticism of officials in recent weeks.

Super League bosses Mike Rush (Catalan Dragons) and Trent Robinson (St Helens) plus Featherstone Rovers’ coach and former Eagles player Daryl Powell have been fined.

Former Eagles player Powell was given a £250 suspended fine for comments following the Northern Rail Cup final defeat to Halifax.