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PNGRFL condemns violence at Rugby League Semi Final

Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League has condemned the violence that took place on Saturday during the Digicel Cup preliminary final at the Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby.
And they will work closely with PNG NRL to bring those involved whether players, officials or spectators to answer for their unruly and disgraceful behaviour.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said today after the Hunters and Falcons match that PNGRFL Board will not tolerate any such behaviour.

Tsaka said, “The incident that happened is deplorable and disgusting. Rugby league as a sport like all other sports is bigger than one individual or team. This is a very serious matter and PNGRFL will take action immediately to set precedence that such violence must not occur again”.
He also said that he has asked PNG NRL to provide video footages of the match and the events that followed after the match as well as reports from the match officials and management from both teams. Tsaka apologised to the stakeholders, sponsors and the every Papua New Guinean that have contributed to the development of rugby league.

With him during the press conference was PNGRFL Board members, Don Fox and Graham Osborne, PNG Kumuls & Hunters coach Michael Marum, players who represented the Highlands region, Timothy Lomai, Esau Siune, Enoch Maki and Henry Noki.
Meanwhile the Highlands players who play for SP Hunters have condemned the violence that occurred. Enoch Maki apologised to the general public and condemned the violence. Esau Siune said he was ashamed of the incident and said this must not happen again. Timothy Lomai apologised to the Gurias team and appealed to all Highlands teams participating in the Digicel cup to be more professional in their approach to rugby league.

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