FIVE HOME GAMES SCRAPED OFF FROM MIOKS

"This includes the suspension off Enga Mioks Manager and Assistant Coach Joseph Kipi for the rest of the season after instigating the incident."

PNG National Rugby League has scraped five remaining home games for the Digicel Cup Franchise Enga Mioks following an incident that resulted in a match official punched.  

This includes the suspension off Enga Mioks Manager and Assistant Coach Joseph Kipi for the rest of the season after instigating the incident.  

PNG NRL made the announcement this week saying this will start after round 11 games.

Competition Manager Stanley Hondina said Mioks have failed to comply with the agreement of taking responsibility as the host franchise to control the crowd in the last home game.

‘’PNGNRL is trying to improve the quality of the game and has no room for violence; we have zero tolerance for violence.‘’

‘’ While I hand these decision down I feel sad for the people of Enga and the game itself. Because of one man’s action has cost the entire province who are great followers of rugby league’’,said Mr Hondina.

PNG NRL noticed that other Highlands Provincial Franchises, Hagen Eagles, Goroka Lahanis, and Mendi Muruks had similar issues of crowd control and appeals to them for such incidents to stop.  

Warning letters have been served already, however if such instances continue, tougher penalties like the one given to Enga will be served to them.

‘’Security and safety of both players and spectators is the responsibility of the hosting franchise and they’ve sign up to an agreement therefore they have to comply’’, said Mr Hondina.

 

By Prisca KARLO
July 8, 2019