Ref banned for try blunder
Alibert dropped from Salford game after Catalan controversy
Last Updated: 10/04/12 8:15am
Rob Powell: Unhappy with ref for allowing try after sixth tackle
Super League referee Thierry Alibert has served a one-match suspension for twice allowing a try to be scored on the seventh tackle.
London Broncos coach Rob Powell complained about the 41-year-old Frenchman's decision to allow Catalan Dragons forward Louis Anderson to touch down after the sixth tackle during his side's 36-18 home defeat last Thursday.
Powell said: "The second try of the second half was on the seventh tackle. It's the same referee that had one against Wakefield for Warrington two weeks ago that cost the game.
"We shouldn't concede 22 points and we shouldn't concede four tries in 12 minutes but it doesn't help when the bare standard minimum of the game is not officiated."
As a result of his blunder, Alibert, who is one of six full-time referees on the Super League panel, was dropped for Salford's home game against Hull KR on Monday and replaced by part-timer Tim Roby.
"Thierry was taken off his game yesterday as a result of his error," said RFL match officials director Stuart Cummings on Tuesday.
"He has served a one-match suspension and will be available for selection this weekend."