Rugby League World Cup heads are warned they could face charges as James Tedesco’s incident during Australia’s win over Fiji highlights players’ concerns about player safety in England’s small venues
- Rugby League chiefs warned they could face charges at World Cup
- Concerns have been raised about the proximity of objects to the playing field
- James Tedesco collided with a camera during Australia’s win over Fiji
- Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis says a civil case could arise
Rugby League World Cup organizers have been warned they risk being sued if a player is badly injured by bumping into objects on the edge of England’s small playing fields.
Australian captain James Tedesco was sent to a TV camera when he tried to prevent a Fiji attempt during the Kangaroos’ victory over Fiji at Headingley on Saturday night.
The Sydney Roosters pistol was unharmed from the collision with the TV camera, which was positioned about three feet behind the dead ball line, but the incident has raised concerns for player safety during the tournament.
Rugby League World Cup leaders have been warned they could face charges over a security issue
James Tedesco collided with a camera on Saturday night trying to stop this attempt for Australia
Former Australia star Luke Lewis missed his country’s run to the 2013 World Cup title after dislocating his shoulder while scoring a try in a pool match against Fiji.
The injury robbed the Sharks pistol of a winner’s medal, as well as the first 14 rounds of the following NRL season.
And while Lewis did not seek legal compensation for the injury, Wests Tigers chairman and compensation attorney Lee Hagipantelis says World Cup officials are vulnerable to legal action if a player is seriously injured by a collision with an object off the field.
“The proximity of the players and the playing of the game with the environment is of a kind that it should be foreseeable that a player could slip into a fence or a cameraman and be seriously injured,” he told Radio SEN.
Wests chairman Lee Hagipantelis says RLWC is at risk of being sued by players
“I think they have a seriously, seriously high risk of being sued if a player suffers such an injury, as it has to be foreseeable that it could happen.”
Lewis told Yahoo Australia of his ordeal: ‘When I was doing mine, so many people contacted me and said, ‘Hey, you should sue them and do this and that’.
“But it’s a game I love and I’m not going to play a game I love.
“You don’t think about getting injured in the heat of the moment. You want to score a try for Australia and you go for it.’