George Burgess has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary for an alleged eye gouge in South Sydney’s defeat to Wests Tigers.
The match evaluation committee on Friday morning charged the Rabbitohs prop with harmful contact to the attention of Tigers veteran Robbie Farah on Thursday.
It’s the second time in eight months Burgess has landed in sizzling water for a watch gouge, having been discovered responsible of the act whereas enjoying for England late final yr.
The English star was suspended for 4 NRL video games, leading to a 50 per cent loading on no matter penalty he attracts this time round.
Replays weren’t conclusive he had dug his fingers into Farah’s face at Bankwest Stadium, nonetheless the Tigers hooker remonstrated with referee Adam Gee.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett mentioned whereas he didn’t know whether or not Burgess was responsible of a gouge, he was dissatisfied contact was made with Farah’s face.
“There was simply no have to put himself in that place to start out,” Bennett mentioned.
“I’m not condemning him for it, in that I don’t know whether or not his fingers truly made contact with the attention or not. The purpose is it was completely unwarranted.”
Canberra ahead Hudson Younger was earlier this month rubbed out for 5 weeks for a grade-three eye gouge on Aiden Tolman.
North Queensland firebrand Josh McGuire has twice this yr escaped with a positive for opposite conduct for facials on Cameron Munster and Dylan Walker.
The NRL was pressured to defend its choice to not cost McGuire with a extra critical offence, arguing neither sufferer made complaints.
The governing physique additionally insisted they’d inadequate video proof to put a harsher penalty on McGuire.
Provided that Farah received up claiming Burgess’ fingers made contact together with his eyes, the Englishman is more likely to discover himself with a case to reply.
“Clearly there was a hand on the face however after that, trying on the massive display that’s all I might see, I solely noticed it a couple of times,” Bennett mentioned.
“I can’t positively say it was a watch gouge or what it was. There was positively a hand within the face, little doubt about it, however I believed it was extra within the brow.”
Tigers coach Michael Maguire refused to touch upon the incident.
It’s believed to be the primary time an NRL participant has been referred straight to the judiciary since Canberra ahead Sia Soliola in 2017.