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Fan banned for two matches

By Brent Read 03/08/2004 10:52:20 PM Comments (0)

One of the South Sydney fans who showered referee Tony Archer with beer at the weekend has been banned from attending the club's homes games for the remainder of the NRL season.

Souths officials, in conjunction with Aussie Stadium representatives, were able to identify the fan - a Rabbitohs season ticket-holder - off videotape on Tuesday.

He was called to a meeting with Souths chief executive Shane Richardson and NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley where it was decided he would be forced to sit-out the club's remaining games at Aussie Stadium.

Souths only have two games left at the ground - against Manly in round 24 and Brisbane in round 25.

The suspension will be reviewed at the end of the season.

"He's very apologetic," Richardson said on Tuesday night.

"But you can't have that sort of thing."

"We suspended him until the end of the year and we will review it after that."

Souths fans came in for heated criticism after Archer and his touch judges were pelted with beer cups following Sunday's clash with Newcastle at Aussie Stadium.

Richardson conceded the images weren't good for the game but also questioned the criticism of referees over the past two weeks, warning it was destroying the fabric of the game.

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