After England’s superb victory over New Zealand on Sunday at Anfield – which secured a series victory over the Kiwis with a game to spare – forward George Burgess has been cited by the visitors for an alleged eye-poking incident.
While it went unpunished by referee Gerard Sutton during the match, the incident around twenty minutes before full time left New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on the ground with an eye injury. Post match, the Kiwis skipper brushed off questions surrounding the incident but the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ forward now faces a disciplinary hearing after New Zealand reported the incident.
The Rugby Football League announced the charge and released a statement on Monday. “The Match Review Panel appointed by the Rugby Football League for the series determined that the incident merits a Grade D charge of behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game,” the organisation reported and, given that a Grade D charge carries a three to five match suspension, it brings into doubt Burgess’ participation in the series finale on Sunday at Elland Road.