A PAIR of rugby league thugs who attacked a teenage referee after a cup match have been handed permanent bans.
Golborne Parkside duo Sean Evans and Dale Else, both 19, attacked referee Callum Lee in the changing rooms following their tie against the Chorley Panthers under-18s side in May last year.
Both Evans and Else pleaded guilty to an assault charge and were fined £200 plus costs at Chorley Magistrates Court in July.
And this week the Rugby Football League meted out the bans following a tribunal. Referee Mr Lee was 19 at the time of the incident.
Chorley Panthers chairman Peter Bridge told the Evening Post he was satisfied that the players had received a ban but explained that the North West Counties match had not been bad tempered.
He said: “All I can say on behalf of our club is that it was a totally unprovoked incident. That type of behaviour should not be tolerated. They have got their just desserts.
“It was not a particularly ill-tempered match, it’s good that they’ve not been allowed to get away with it. It is very reassuring that they’ve got these bans. We don’t want that in our sport.”
Parkside chairman Margaret Byrne told the Evening Post the club had cooperated fully with the Rugby Football League.
She said: “We cannot comment on the incident itself but as soon as it happened it was reported to the RFL. They have dealt with it and we will of course abide with the result of their tribunal.”
The pair were also each ordered to pay £85 costs and £100 compensation to Mr Lee. A statement from the RFL said their operational rules tribunal has imposed permanent bans.
The RFL statement said: “The suspension orders on Evans and Else should not be reviewed for five years.”
It added: “A RFL operational rules tribunal has imposed sine die suspensions on two Golborne Parkside players after they were found guilty of assaulting a match official in an the match against Chorley Panthers.
“Sean Evans and Dale Else were deemed to be in breach of RFL operational rules and the Respect, Tackle it and Safeguarding policies.”