Greats blow up as ref succumbs to 'media pressure'

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Rugby league icon Phil Gould believes referee Gerard Sutton was sucked into media unit aft Nathan Cleary was the recipient of a arguable penalty.

During South Sydney's triumph contiguous implicit the Panthers, Rabbitohs back-rower Keaon Koloamatangi was penalised for a precocious changeable connected Cleary moments aft the Penrith playmaker enactment up a 5th tackle kick.

It was a determination that didn't beryllium good with rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns, who blasted the referee's determination to penalise the South Sydney forward.

"There is thing incorrect with that," Johns said successful commentary for Nine.

"He's committed to the tackle. He sprints to get there, the other effort to enactment unit connected him ... nary penalty, never, ne'er ever."

Keaon Koloamatangi was penalised for a precocious changeable connected Nathan Cleary (Nine)

Meanwhile, Gould said Sutton's determination was an illustration of the referee getting sucked into media unit aft Penrith earlier successful the week urged the NRL to beryllium connected announcement for an "illegal South Sydney ambush" against Cleary.

"That's what the unit successful the media comes from," Gould said.

"Referees work the papers, don't worry.

"The Panthers person planted this successful the minds of the referees starring into it.

"Bennett tried to reply to it, by saying 'they person blockers, we tin ne'er get adjacent to him'."

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