Super League: Bernard Guasch hits out at RFL following Zeb Taia's suspension

Last Updated: 07/08/13 3:46pm

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Zeb Taia: Hit by a three-game ban following his tackle on Saints' Gareth O'Brien last Saturday

Zeb Taia: Hit by a three-game ban following his tackle on Saints' Gareth O'Brien last Saturday

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Catalan Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch has hit out at the Rugby Football League (RFL) following their decision to ban back-row Zeb Taia for three games.

Taia was charged with a Grade C offence following a challenge on St Helens stand-off Gareth O'Brien at the weekend and subsequently banned this week.

The Dragons are deeply unhappy Taia has been banned after similar challenges by the likes of Wigan's Scott Taylor, Nick Scruton of Bradford and Hull FC's Gareth Ellis all passed without any time being served.

"We are not treated like other clubs and there are double standards in the RFL's decisions when it comes to our players or players from other English clubs!"
Bernard Guasch

"It's a scandal," Guasch told the club's official website.

"We are not treated like other clubs and there are double standards in the RFL's decisions when it comes to our players or players from other English clubs! Why?

"Enough is enough! We hold the evidence with the video footage and sanctions that have ensued.

Inconsistent

"I warned that if the lack of consistency in the decisions of referees or Disciplinary Committee continued, I ask the opinion of external people and media.

"I can't let go these differences of treatment which significantly disadvantage us compared to other clubs."

Head coach Laurent Frayssinous supported the club's chairman, stating: "We are judged on comments and not on facts.

"Some Super League coaches afford to put pressure on the RFL and apparently, they are heard and decisions are always the consequences of their words.

"It's very frustrating to see that we are not judged in the same way on similar facts."

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