League bosses condemn attack
LOWER Clarence rugby league player Jack Currie's attack on referee Vaughn Steel at Maclean Showground on Sunday has been condemned by Country Rugby League and Australian Rugby League officials.
ARL chief executive officer Geoff Carr said he had not seen any footage of the incident, but heard about the attack on Steel.
"We take a very dim view of incidents of this nature," he said.
"People have been barred for life for doing that."
Carr said there had been similar incidents previously and these had resulted in efforts to protect referees.
"The game has been really strong on making sure referees are protected," he said.
CRL general manager Terry Quinn, who had not seen footage of the attack, said Currie's ban could range from '10 years to life'.
"We can't have that sort of thing happening in rugby league," he said.