25 Nov 2008

Stuart to be investigated for comments

5:33 am on 25 November 2008

The Australian rugby league coach Ricky Stuart will be formally investigated following a complaint he abused World Cup referee Ashley Klein and a top England official after Saturday night's shock World Cup final loss to New Zealand.

Rugby League International Federation chairman Colin Love has confirmed the RLIF will follow-up on a complaint from England's director of referees Stuart Cummings that he and Klein were abused by Stuart in the foyer of the team's Brisbane hotel the morning after the Kiwis downed the Kangaroos 34-20.

However he says with the English officials returning home and the Australian officials on holidays it could take weeks before any conclusions are reached.

Stuart could also be asked to explain a verbal attack on prominent Australian rugby league official Geoff Carr immediately after the game.

Stuart alleged a conspiracy by tournament organisers, claiming the result suited those behind the World Cup because the Kangaroos were such red-hot favourites.