GUILTY! Burgess hit with four-match ban

George Burgess has been suspended for four matches and hit with a £500 fine after being found guilty of eye gouging against an opponent in England’s 20-14 victory over New Zealand at Anfield last weekend.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs forward was hit with a Grade D charge of ‘behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game’ which, in turn, has ruled him out of England’s final test of the year in Leeds and the Yorkshireman will also miss the first three games of the Rabbitohs’ NRL campaign next season.

The incident occured in the second half of the Anfield test match with the Kiwis’ captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak being on the receiving end of Burgess’ indiscipline and, while the Penrith Panthers back brushed off questions surrounding the incident post-match, the international disciplinary panel saw fit to ban the front rower.

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