Burgess banned for four matches after Watene-Zelezniak gouging altercation

Annette Crawford
November 9, 2018

George Burgess is set to miss the first three games of the 2019 NRL season after he was found guilty of eye-gouging at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday evening.

The England forward was found guilty of an eye gouge on Dallin Watene-Zelezniak in their 20-14 win over New Zealand at the weekend.

The South Sydney prop was summoned to appear at a disciplinary hearing over an incident during Sunday's second Test win over New Zealand to answer a grade D charge of "behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game".

The incident went unpunished on the field but the Match Review Panel, appointed by the Rugby Football League, deemed it worthy of a charge that carries a suspension of between three and five matches.

"I have too much respect for the players I play against and with", Burgess added.

Burgess pleaded not guilty at an global disciplinary panel on Tuesday after being charged by the Rugby Football League.

Kiwis and Penrith full-back Watene-Zelezniak had to have treatment for the injury, shortly after coming into contact on the ground with Burgess.

Mayhew says Burgess' fingers were looking for the eye and the outcome could have been catastrophic. He is a big boy with some big fingers, so his hand on my face probably covers it all.

"I'm sure he didn't do it on objective him and his brothers are good guys and they've done really good things for the game". He and his brothers are good guys and have done really good things in the game. I don't think that's in their kit bag but it is what it is you just have to deal with it. The doctor gave me some kind of eye drops.

Burgess was recalled by England from a two-year absence for the opening autumn worldwide against France and he also played in both games against the Kiwis so far.

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