Sydney Roosters hit with huge fine after coach's Bunker blow-up

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The NRL has slapped the Sydney Roosters and coach Trent Robinson with tens of thousands of dollars in fines over the club's response to Latrell Mitchell's hit on Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The NRL has slapped the Sydney Roosters and coach Trent Robinson with tens of thousands of dollars in fines over the club's response to Latrell Mitchell's hit on Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has been handed an extraordinary amount in fines by the NRL after his tirade against the Bunker last weekend.

Robinson was fuming after former Rooster turned South Sydney Rabbitoh Latrell Mitchell was only sent to the sin bin for a high shot on Joey Manu which left the centre with a fractured cheekbone.

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The hit sparked serious tensions between the two teams, with Mitchell accepting a season-ending six-week suspension for the act.

The NRL claims Robinson's comments contravened rules of public comment that club officials are bound by.

In the breach notice the NRL alleges Robinson claimed match officials had a bias against the Roosters and exposed individual match officials to personal ridicule.

Robinson took aim at bunker official Henry Perenara, calling the whole situation a 'farce' and 'laughable' because of the delay to address Manu's injury.

It's Robinson's second breach notice from the NRL this year after he was handed a $10,000 suspended fine for similar comments match at a post-match press conference in May following a loss to Parramatta.

Adding to the whopping total, another $10,000 fine has been handed down to Roosters officials who allegedly abused referees from the sideline in Friday nights' dramatic 54-12 loss to the Rabbitohs.

"Sport can be highly emotional and sometimes people will debate decisions made on the field and we expect all clubs to deal with on-field matters respectfully,'' said NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo.

"We can analyse and debate decisions, but such commentary should not be personalised and disrespectful.

"In our view there was a lack of professionalism shown by the club and its officials across Friday night.

"We're an elite competition and we should set the standard for how to deal with adversity."

Footage of tense confrontation between Latrell Mitchell and Roosters emerges

On Sunday night vision emerged of Mitchell in a confrontation with former teammates on the sideline as he walked off the field after being sin-binned.

Although publicly available vision does not show who he was arguing with, reports from the ground suggest it was sidelined players Angus Crichton, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Victor Radley.

According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, Mitchell was told by Waerea-Hargreaves that Manu was not in a good way when he attempted to approach the rooms.

Further words were then exchanged, with Mitchell walking away from entrance to the rooms before turning around and having further words with Waerea-Hargreaves.

Latrell Mitchell will miss the rest of the NRL season after accepting a six-week ban for a high shot on former Sydney Roosters teammate Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Latrell Mitchell will miss the rest of the NRL season after accepting a six-week ban for a high shot on former Sydney Roosters teammate Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

According to a Newscorp source, the Roosters bench was overheard calling Mitchell 'a f***ing weak c***'.

There was no other confrontation between Mitchell or any of the Roosters players.

Waerea-Hargreaves is also under investigation by the NRL's integrity unit for an alleged incident with a Nine Network cameraman.

It's alleged the Roosters prop swiped at the camera he was holding to protect Manu from being filmed as he walked up the tunnel.

It's unknown if there is any footage of the alleged incident between Waerea-Hargreaves and the cameraman, and the NRL is yet to make a determination.

With AAP

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