Perenara stood down over bad bunker call

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Bunker official Henry Perenara has been stood down for the last round of the NRL season over his bad call not to send off South Sydney fullback Latrell Mitchell last Friday night.

Perenara has not been assigned a game in round 25 after the NRL admitted he made the wrong decision in an ugly clash between Souths and their arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium.

It's the latest in a dramatic fall out from the match in which Perenara was personally called out by Roosters coach Trent Robinson for what he said was a 'laughable' decision to sin-bin Mitchell for a reckless tackle.

The Souths superstar will miss the rest of the season with a six-week ban for the hit that forced Roosters centre Joseph Manu to have facial reconstructive surgery.

Perenara was stood down from the Melbourne-Parramatta game the following night and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined for by the NRL.

"Henry is a realist, he understands the implications of these decisions," said NRL's head of football Graham Annesley.

"He's been a referee at the highest level, he knows that everything that match officials do, whether referees or bunker officials, they know that everything is put under the microscope and they know that at times they will make errors of judgement.

"It doesn't make him a bad official because we think he didn't take strong enough action, it's just that in the heat of the moment he made the wrong call and in hindsight I'm sure he would make a very different call.

"You don't have the benefit of hindsight unfortunately, so he'll bounce back.

"He's only just recently retired as an on-field referee for health reasons, not that those health reasons impact on his ability to work in the bunker, but he'll bounce back and continue to be a quality official for us in the future."

Ashley Klein, the on-field official in Souths' 54-12 victory, has retained his position and has been assigned a match between Gold Coast and Warriors on Sunday.

On Monday, Robinson was issued a breach notice by the NRL for his comments about the officials while the club itself was also fined for abusing the referee.

In total, the Roosters were fined $40,000 by the NRL.

They have until Friday to respond to the breach notice.

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