This was the decision handed down today by the PNGNRL in a press conference held at the Sir John Guise stadium.
PNGNRL administrator, Stanley Hondina explained that after carefully reviewing the footage from the preliminary final, the board had come up with the following:
Wamp Nga Mt. Hagen Eagles:
- The Eagles have been suspended from taking part in the Digicel Cup competition for the next three years (2017-2019).
- The third place prize money of K20, 000 is to be forfeited to meet the cost of damages done on the day.
- The team assistant trainer, Stanley Akinu has been banned for life from partaking in PNGNRL sanctioned competitions and is never to be seen within 50 metres of PNGRNL competitions.
- Eagles player- Francis Ray has been suspended for 10 years as a player and official in any PNGNRL sanctioned competitions.
- Eagles player and captain- Junior Rau has been suspended for 10 years as a player and official in any PNGNRL sanctioned competitions.
- Civil charges have been laid against Stanley Akinu and Junior Rau and is a police matter now.
The Agmark Rabaul Gurias:
- Four players (Francis Paniu, Samuel Hamari, Lucas Kapinias and Adrian Baungus) have been charged for breach of players’ code of conduct against spectators. They have been charged K5,000 each.
- This fine must be paid before the commencement of the 2017 Digicel Cup season.
- The four players will also serve a five match suspension (first 5 games) for the 2017 season.
Hondina said it was about setting a precedent to stop rugby league related violence once and for all.
He said both franchise clubs were informed this morning of the decision made by the board and have the right to appeal.