The player alleged to have manhandled a referee after the League Nines final last month has been handed a monetary penalty after a special judicial hearing this week.
Tai Nelio, the Cook Islands Rugby League competition coordinator, said after reviewing the complaint from the referee, the judicial committee decided to impose a monetary fine as well as give a caution warning to the Avatiu player.
The fine has to be paid before Thursday, February 20.
“The player is cited and given a caution warning. He is not to appear before the judiciary committee again or further serious penalties will apply,” Nelio said.
“The player admitted being at fault thus apologising and being remorseful of his actions.
“The judiciary committee had taken in consideration of an honest response admitting his actions. It is his first appearance before a judiciary committee and hopefully his last.”
Nelio said he was happy the matter is dealt by the committee and asked both parties (the referee and player) to put this to rest and get down to business.
He also confirmed the referees association would return to officiate the weekly Raro Car club games today after boycotting last week.
The national body’s lack of action against the player led to the referees association deciding not to officiate round one games last week.
The Cook Islands Rugby League Referees Association earlier said they would only return to officiate the games if Cook Islands Rugby League Association take some action against the player.
A special meeting was called on Monday this week and the present clubs mooted and accepted a motion to take the matter to the judicial committee.
The judicial committee met on Thursday night to look into the complaint.
Meanwhile defending champions Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles will play their first match of the season against the Titikaveka Bulldogs at Teimurimotia Park.
The Sea Eagles made history last year after winning the competition without losing a single match throughout the season.
Titikaveka Bulldogs made a poor start to their 2020 campaign going down to former champions Tupapa Panthers 26-52 last week.
The Panthers will play Arorangi Bears in the second premier match today at Victoria Park. The Bears went down fighting to Avatiu Eels 23-26 in a close encounter last week. The Eels are on a bye this weekend.
Round two games will also see the start of age group, reserves and the inaugural women’s league.
Teimurimotia Park – U10/12 Nga/Mat Sea Eagles vs Avatiu Eels at Teimurimotia Park 1.40pm (Play half field), U14 Nga/Mat Sea Eagles vs Avatiu Eels at Teimurimotia Park 2.30pm, Women Town vs Country at Teimurimotia Park 3.20pm, Premiers Titikaveka Bulldogs vs Nga/Mat Sea Eagles at Teimurimotia Park 4.30pm
Victoria Park – U10/12 Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 10.50am (Play half field), U14 Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 11.40am, U16 Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 12.30pm, U19 Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 1.40pm, Reserves Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 3.00pm, Premiers Tupapa Panthers vs Arorangi Bears Victoria Park 4.30pm.