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Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Craig Bellamy, Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels, Round 25, on report

Storms coach Craig Bellamy has taken aim at the NRL to change the repeat offenders rule with the match review committee amid the media storm surrounding Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

The Hurricanes beat Eels 22-14 in Round 25 and were reported for a late tackle on Mitchell Moses, which Bellamy found unnecessary.

“I think it was maybe a touch late, but it certainly wasn’t high,” Bellamy said.

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“His hands were around the dirt, so look at him, I’m not sure if he’s on the report because of his reputation, maybe not sure is the word I’m using.

“There really wasn’t anything around his head, so it might have been a bit late, but I don’t think there was much more to it than that.”

Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been at the center of a media firestorm this week surrounding the repeated elbowing of players in the head.

Repeat offenders prompted the NRL to announce it was threatening to move the charge from Division One to Division Two, which Bellamy found unfair at the end of this season.

“It all came down to this week,” Bellamy said.

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Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Craig Bellamy.Source: FOX SPORTS

“If you thought that was the case, why didn’t you do it in the middle of the season?

“Why react now because of a story that has become a story for three or four days on the first episode?

“There are a lot of other events that are as bad as Nelson, but we decided to pick Nelson this week, so he was a punching bag.

“If they want to change the rules because of that, at the end of the day, that’s their decision.

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“It’s not my decision so if they want to change the rules, at the end of the day that’s not my concern because I can’t control that.

But if you want to change the rules for good.

Bellamy was accused of being unfairly targeted because of his star-fronted reputation.

“I just thought it was a little late tonight with that event, so that’s about right,” Bellamy said.

But I don’t think many men report that late.

But it was nowhere near his head. With his hands around the dirt.

“So unless I saw the wrong incident, that’s what I saw.”

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