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The National Rugby League has today issued Canberra with a $5,000 breach notice after coach David Furner approached match officials at half-time during Sunday’s match between the Raiders and Cowboys at Canberra Stadium.

Reports from the referees and the ground manager confirmed Furner approached the officials as they left the field and questioned several decisions made in the first half.

Clause 1.32.2 f. of the NRL Operations Manual states: “Under no circumstances are match officials to be approached, questioned, or harassed in any way by Club Officials either during or after a match”.

The definition of a Club Official includes; the Club CEO; a director or employee; a coach; a member of the coaching or football staff; a member of the medical staff.

“While the comments were in no way abusive, we cannot allow a situation where coaches or officials make comments towards match officials while the match is still in progress,” NRL Director of Football Operations, Mr Nathan McGuirk, said.

“There are plenty of opportunities for clubs to question decisions relating to a match but this simply was not one of them.”

The Raiders have five working days to respond to the breach notice.