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Mendi Muruks home matches suspended

The two remaining Digicel Cup home games for Mendi Muruks in the 2019 season have been suspended.

These games will now be played at the visiting teams home.

PNG National Rugby League Competitions (PNGNRLC) Manager Stanley Hondina made the announcement today following missiles being thrown on the field by supporters as well as assaulting the match referee.

“The Match Review Committee at its meeting on the 9th of July, 2019 in Port Moresby found video evidence that foreign missiles were thrown into the field of play,” Hondina said in a letter to the Mendi Muruks Franchise manager Eric Alom.

“The committee also found that the match referee was assaulted.”

He said players, match officials and the general public’s security and safety is paramount and is the responsibility of the host franchise therefore such behavior is uncalled for.

“As you are very well aware, PNG-NRLC has a zero tolerance on violence and upon recommendation from the match review committee (MRC), the PNGNRLC Board has agreed to remove the remaining two (2) home games for Mendi Muruks in Mendi this year,” Hondina said. “These two home games will now be played away at the visiting team’s home ground.”

Hondina said one of Mendi Muruk’s support staff Peter Alkend was seen pointing fingers at the reserve referee and also pushed him.

“This is a serious breach of the games’ rules and regulations as no match officials are to be touched at all,” Hondina said. “Alkend will not travel with the team or be anywhere near the team for the rest of the 2019 season,” he said.

Hondina said these decisions become effective immediately.

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