GIANTS chief Nathan Brown has become the second Super League coach this season to be charged by the Rugby Football League with breaking their rules on criticism of a referee.
The Huddersfield boss has been told he is to face a charge of breaching the RFL’s Respect Policy and their operational rules following post-match comments he made in the wake of his side’s 38-6 win over Leeds at Headingley on April 15.
At the press conference, Brown said he would be encouraging his players to take the law into their own hands if match officials failed to protect the game’s playmakers.
Only last week, Hull head coach Richard Agar was fined a record £6,000 – half of it suspended to the end of the season – by an RFL operational rules tribunal for his criticism of referee James Child.
Brown has been told he has 14 days from last Thursday to either accept the charge or contest it.
Huddersfield are angry that news of the charge emerged after Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington had publicly expressed his surprise over the League’s apparent inaction.
"Having read Mr Hetherington’s comments, lo and behold three days later our coach is charged with minor misconduct," said Giants managing director Richard Thewlis.
"I would have to ask what has changed for the RFL to suddenly change their minds, and I will let you draw your own conclusions on that."
An RFL spokesman said the delay was the result of the heavy Easter programme of matches and time taken in processing the previous action against Agar.
Meanwhile, forward Jon Wilkin has said that St Helens need to improve their defence if they want to challenge for honours this season.
Saints face the Giants at the Galpharm Stadium in Super League on Saturday (5.00), and said: "We’ve got the ability to score tries, I don’t think that’s an issue for us.
"The bigger issue for us is stopping other sides because we’re conceding far too many points. We still need to have more pride in our defence."