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James Horwill fined for outburst about referee

May 26, 2014

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Queensland Reds captain James Horwill has been fined $2,500 and ordered to apologize to match officials for his criticism in a post-match interview following a narrow Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels on May 17.

The Reds conceded a late penalty on the basis of a contentious ruling by a video match official and lost the match when Melbourne kicked the ensuing goal. Not long after, Horwill told a TV interviewer “once again we were robbed by a stupid refereeing decision.”

SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton on Monday accepted Horwill’s guilty plea to one charge of misconduct and said the Australia lock forward’s earlier clean record was a factor in the punishment.

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