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Bulldogs captain suspended after crowd violence incident

Bulldogs captain James Graham among players suspended after crowd violence at NRL match

Bulldogs captain suspended after crowd violence incident

SYDNEY (AP) -- Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham and forward David Klemmer have been suspended after pleading guilty to "contrary conduct" charges against a National Rugby League referee which led to dozens of water bottles being thrown at match officials at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

South Sydney won Friday's match 18-17 after referee Gerard Sutton awarded a last-minute penalty to the Rabbitohs. Graham, who received a four-match ban Tuesday, and Klemmer, suspended for three games, verbally abused Sutton when the match ended.

Sutton and the other match officials had to be shielded from the bottles by security staff as they left the pitch. One official sustained a broken shoulder when he fell trying to avoid a bottle.

Police are questioning up to 25 spectators over the incident, with charges likely to be laid.

Updated : 2021-09-21 11:29 GMT+08:00