Bulldogs coach Pay hit with huge fine for referees outburst

Bulldogs coach Dean Pay has been hit with a hefty $25,000 fine for his post-game outburst stemming from Canterbury's controversial last-gasp loss to the Broncos last Thursday night.

The Bulldogs' season hit a new low when the NRL came down hard on first-year head coach Pay, who fumed, "It's like we're meant not to win" and labelled contentious decisions as "ridiculous" and "disgraceful" as Canterbury slumped to their third straight loss.

Sanction: Dean Pay.

Pay's ire was mainly directed at the match-defining call where Moses Mbye was ruled to have impeded Darius Boyd chasing a James Roberts kick, paving the way for Jamayne Isaako to kick to the winning penalty goal as the clock ran down.

Mbye was sent to the sin bin.

NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton phoned Pay on Friday to back the whistleblowers' ruling as well as a controversial no knock-on call against Isaako in the second half.

The Bulldogs have five days to respond to the breach notice.

A desperate Canterbury will face fellow cellar dwellers Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. The pair prop up the NRL ladder alongside Manly, who have won only two games through the first nine rounds.

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