Catalan Dragons fined by RFL
Catalan Dragons have been fined £1,000 following their public criticism of the Rugby Football League's disciplinary proceedures.
The Dragons reacted angrily to a three-match ban handed out to centre or second rower Zeb Taia last month after he was found guilty of a reckless shoulder charge on half-back Gareth O'Brien during a match against St Helens in Perpignan.
Catalan chairman Bernard Guasch claimed the Dragons were being treated more harshly to other Super League clubs, pointing to a four-match imposed on prop Julian Bousquet earlier in the year, and said they would be closely monitoring all future disciplinary cases to highlight their argument.
Now the French club have been ruled to have been in breach of RFL operational rules by questioning the integrity of the sport's disciplinary process.
A RFL spokesman said: "Catalan were found to be guilty of improper conduct under operational rule D1.8 (c) after posting videos claiming they were not treated in the same manner as other RFL member clubs."
Guasch and coach Laurent Frayssinous have also been fined £500 each, £250 of which is suspended until the end of the 2014 season, for publicly questioning the integrity of the disciplinary process following the suspension of Taia.
A Catalan spokesman said the club would not be making any comment on Friday's decision.