Burgess banned for four matches after Watene-Zelezniak gouging altercation

George Burgess has been handed a four-match ban and fined £500 after being found guilty of "behaviour contrary to the true spirit" of rugby league.

Burgess was cited after his fingers appeared to make contract with the right eye of New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak during England's 20-14 victory on Sunday.

Despite Watene-Zelezniak dismissing suggestions Burgess had gouged him during the match at Anfield, Burgess was still summoned before a disciplinary panel.

And the prop has been handed a hefty sanction that will mean he misses the final match of the series at Elland Road on Sunday.

"George Burgess has been suspended for four matches after being found guilty of a Grade D behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game charge [gouging] by an international disciplinary panel," the Rugby Football League posted on Twitter.

England's win in Liverpool means they have already secured the three-match series with one game to play.

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