NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has launched an impassioned defence of the suspensions handed to players charged with touching a referee.The issue has been a constant source of conflict throughout the season after the games governing body had sought to crack down on the trend of players making contact with match officials.It flared last month when St George Illawarra and NSW State of Origin back-rower Tyson Frizell was rubbed out for one week for making what appeared to be minor and incidental contact with referee Chris James.Many argued the severity of the offence was outweighed by the penalty, considering some players had escaped sanction for different yet more harmful offences - such as Ryan James who was allowed to play the next week despite breaking James Tedescos jaw in a high tackle.However, Greenberg was unequivocal - that if a player made contact with an official that could be avoided, then he would be suspended.You know what, dont touch the referee and you wont have that issue to worry about, Greenberg said.Players should be under no illusions - if you touch the referee, there are consequences.Greenberg said the match review committee did differentiate between avoidable and non-avoidable contact and many players had escaped charges because their brush with an official was deemed accidental.He said the rule had been brought in to increase respect for referees and clamp down on the trend of players crowding officials when challenging a decision.If a player walks through and touches a referee, and he could have avoided that contact, then hes going to get charged, Greenberg said.There has been a spate over the last two years, that were still seeing now, where players rush referees and get in their faces.Were not going to stand around and watch that happen.Following a meeting of club chief executives on Thursday at Rugby League Central, Greenberg also revealed former Penrith coach Ivan Cleary would conduct a review of the NRL bunker.He will look at the preparation and performance review of officials and report back after the grand final. 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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- First-year ECU coach Scottie Montgomery isnt trying to turn the Pirates into Duke East.The Pirates hired Montgomery from the Blue Devils staff after last season and want him to rebuild the program his own way, and not necessarily by duplicating what his Duke teams did.The 38-year-old Montgomery, brought in to replace the fired Ruffin McNeill, spent two seasons as Dukes offensive coordinator and was on his alma maters staff from 2013-15 after a three-year run coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers receivers.People (said) when I left Pittsburgh to come back to Duke that we were going to look like (the Steelers), Montgomery said. The problem was, we didnt have (star receivers) Antonio Brown or Mike Wallace. ... Its different. Our fundamental beliefs about doing things the right way and serving our community will be similar, the way that we hold our kids accountable will be similar. But thats where a lot of the similarities will stop.The key difference might be this: While Montgomerys most recent Duke team ran its quarterback often, that probably wont be the formula with the Pirates. So dont expect transfer Philip Nelson to lead East Carolina in rushing like Thomas Sirk did with the Blue Devils.Nelson threw for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns in 16 starts for Minnesota from 2012-13, transferred to Rutgers with the hope of playing in a pass-friendly system but was dismissed from the team days after his involvement in a nightclub fight that left another man with a serious brain injury.The 22-year-old walked on at East Carolina before last season, earned a scholarship from Montgomery, won the job during spring ball and saw some of his competitors leave the program.Ive had some really good quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Tony Petersen said.dddddddddddd Theres not a negative (in his game). Hes just going to keep getting better and better.KEY TARGETSKeep an eye on two players that the Pirates figure to feature: WR Zay Jones and jack-of-all-trades James Summers. Jones enters the season at No. 3 on the schools career lists for receptions (241) and yards receiving (2,553). Summers has played receiver and quarterback -- making four starts in 2015, and rushing for 169 yards in a victory over Virginia Tech -- and also practiced at running back and tight end. We think that he has position flexibility, Montgomery said before reeling off a list of the spots he could play. Ive never been able to say that about any kid that Ive ever coached. Ever. In any situation.SEASON OPENERMontgomerys debut, and Nelsons first start in three years, comes Sept. 3 when the Pirates play host to Western Carolina of the FCS.KEY GAMESThe chip-on-the-shoulder Pirates always get fired up to take on Power 5 opponents, and they face three in a row before beginning American Athletic Conference play. East Carolina plays host to North Carolina State on Sept. 10, followed by trips to South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Pirates have won two straight in their series with both the Wolfpack and Hokies.PREDICTIONThe Pirates were picked fifth in the Americans six-team East Division. With that brutal nonconference schedule and in an improved league, a second straight 5-7 finish might be considered a good year as they continue their transition from McNeill to Montgomery. 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