In the latest edition of League Express, the RFL’s Match Officials Director Steve Ganson has issued a strong warning to clubs over recent issues with on-field dissent.

Ganson has spoken out in the aftermath of trouble both on and off the field at the Catalans vs Warrington clash last weekend, where fighting between players was followed by similar scenes in the stands.

With dissent towards referees identified as a growing issue approaching the business end of the season, Ganson was keen to point out players and coaches could face significant suspensions and punishments from the RFL.

“We’ve seen a worrying trend emerging, where certain players seem to feel it is their right to question, to argue, or in extreme cases to engage in a running battle with match officials,” he said.

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“Dissent towards the match officials will not be tolerated. It’s up to the players and if they choose to do it, they should expect the consequences.”