Catalans and Warrington fined for Perpignan crowd trouble


Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves have been fined for crowd trouble at their Super League fixture in Perpignan on August 3.

Fighting on and off the pitch marred a 30-10 victory for Catalans at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Catalans duo Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum were shown red cards after a high tackle from the hooker sparked a series of altercations.

The Dragons have been fined £27,500 – £10,000 of which has been suspended until the end of the 2021 season – and must pay two thirds of the cost of a Rugby Football League (RFL) investigation.

Warrington have been hit with a £15,000 fine – a third of that suspended for two years – and must pay the remaining third of the costs of the investigation.

Both clubs have accepted the findings, with Catalans given a bigger fine due to inadequate match-day planning and stewarding provision.

RFL chief regulatory officer Karen Moorhouse said: “The behaviour of some of the supporters at this fixture was completely unacceptable and has no place in rugby league – importantly, both Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves have accepted that, and committed themselves to taking positive steps in response.”

Warrington have issued two banning orders and a number of additional sanctions following the ugly scenes in the south of France.