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PNGRFL: Rugby league is bigger than any one individual

first_imgSpeaking at a press conference yesterday, Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said it will be working closely with the PNG NRL to bring those involved to answer for what he described as ‘unruly and disgraceful behaviour.’“Rugby league as a sport like all other sports is bigger than any one individual. The incident that happened is deplorable and disgusting to say the least.“The actions of a very few whom every spectator and fan had their eyes on ignited this unnecessary violence,” said Tsaka.He added those individuals involved will be prosecuted.“They (PNG NRL) have their judicial processes to address this issue. We will allow them to do that. I am also contemplating convening an independent PNGRFL judiciary meeting today or tomorrow to address this issue.“I have asked for the video footage of the match and the events that followed and reports from the referees and managements of both teams so we can get to the bottom of this.“The incident has spread around the globe and I hate to think what our rugby league friends abroad are saying now because of the inappropriate and disgraceful actions of a few.“I apologise to every Papua New Guinean who follow the greatest game of all, our partners and stakeholders in particular for this very nasty incident,” said Tsaka.last_img read more

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Southampton boss Claude Puel dismisses talk over star duo’s futures

first_img1 Southampton boss Claude Puel has dismissed speculation surrounding the futures of defenders Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte.The duo have forged a formidable partnership at the back since Van Dijk arrived from Celtic in 2015, but are both being linked with moves away from St Mary’s.But Puel is ignoring the transfer talk as Saints look to bounce back from their disappointing Europa League exit on Thursday night when they host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday.“It’s not the moment, it’s not the time to speak about the window in January,” said Puel.“All concentration on this competition and to try to come back in the first part – it is very important.“I think we have lost many points with a good thing with the players, playing a good game, and now it’s important to keep concentration and to be clinical to win our games.”With Charlie Austin out with a suspected dislocated shoulder injury for an indefinite period of time, Puel has challenged his players to rally themselves for the remainder of the domestic season.“It’s important for this competition and now we want to come back in this competition, which is to come back in the Premier League for the end of the season,” he added.“This is the most important and it is a good challenge and to see a good reaction.” Puel wants to keep all of his star players at Southampton last_img read more

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