Coach alleged fight with patron at races, rugby league

An NRL coach has reportedly got his club off side after he was allegedly involved in a scuffle with a patron in the toilets at the races.

Wide World of Sports reported the unnamed coach had to be manhandled by security guards after a bad day on the punt and too many beers saw him bump into a patron in the toilets.

The patron apologised, but that didn’t stop the coach from directing some obscene language his way in a situation that had the potential to get physical.

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Only the quick intervention of the security guards prevented the incident from escalating into a physical altercation.

The club in question was made aware of the incident but despite confronting the coach decided not to make the matter public.

The security believe if the coach was a player it would never have been allowed to be swept under the rug.

“The coach was arrogant and belligerent and even used the old, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ line when we escorted him out of the men’s room and told him to cool it,” a security employee told Nine.

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It is a worrying double standard for an NRL coach to be able to get away with an incident that could cost a player his contract or at least draw a hefty fine.

Payne Haas’ $50,000 fine and three-game ban has shown that the NRL won’t tolerate aggressive behaviour in public.

While Haas’ incident is not the same as the coach’s, the inability to investigate the matter sets a dangerous precedent.

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