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Home Game NRL referee stood down over coronavirus scare

NRL referee stood down over coronavirus scare

NRL referee Gerard Sutton has been forced to stand aside from his duties because of a coronavirus scare.

Sutton has a child that attends Camden High School – which recently recorded a positive test.

The situation is the same the Bulldogs front-rower Aiden Tolman experienced, when he stood down for two weeks because one of his children attended a primary school where a teacher had tested positive.

Sutton executed his duties during Thursday night’s Panthers v Rabbitohs game but is now in quarantine and undergoing testing. He was to attend another game this weekend.

Gerard Sutton is in isolation. (Getty)

The NRL’s Head of Football Graham Annesley said last night Sutton had tested negative.

“There are strict protocols that our referees follow the same as the players,” Annesley said.

“Our biosecurity experts are handling the situation.

“We expect they’ll tell us Gerard ill be unavailable for a couple of weeks.”

Referees have been under the same isolation rules as the players since the premiership resumed in round three.

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