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NRL great Paul Gallen has slammed Phil Gould for saying Wests Tigers star James Tamu should not have been suspended after sending him wild on Saturday night.

The Tigers captain may have played the final game of his NRL career after being sent off in a humiliating 72-6 defeat by the Sydney Roosters.

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Roosters forward Angus Crichton lost the ball for offside, but referee Ben Cummins ruled it out.

Tamu appeared to be booed by Cummins as part of a three-man Crichton tackle.

Cummins blew the penalty straight away and sent Tammun 10 fingers up, “you can go,” sending him to the bin.

“You are incompetent,” replied Tammu, furious.

This was enough for Cummins to upgrade his sin bin to full delivery.

Tamu was not done and had a few things to say before leaving the field.

The captain made an emotional apology while addressing the media following the on-field splash.

Tamu was hit with a misconduct charge in Grade 3, an early plea that would cause him to miss the final two games of the season.

Tammu may attend the last two games. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Gould, however, believes the league should show the club some decency, given their record and the last two games in the tournament.

“A suspension of two to three weeks is appropriate for a sick temper. We should give up,” he tweeted.

“However, the NRL must suspend this punishment due to Tamu’s exemplary performance, as this incident was completely out of character, with no chance of further offending. His immediate regret and sincere apology.”

That idea didn’t sit well with former Cronulla Sharks boss Gallen, who let it rip on Gould.

“As much as I love James and enjoy his situation, that idea is crazy,” Galen wrote. WWOS.

“You can’t leave someone just because they’re good at it and they’re at the end of their career.

“I feel sorry for him, but as the saying goes, if you do the crime, you have to do the time. We’ve seen players miss out on a grand finale since we started introducing the ‘good block’ freestyle that unlocks a whole new set of worms.

NRL 2021 RD15 Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers – James Tamu. Image: NRL PhotosSource: Daily Telegraph

Tamu and the Tigers will fight the charge on Tuesday night, but many are not holding their breath for his chances.

“I don’t fancy his chances at all,” Michael Karayanis of the Daily Telegraph told SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“I think the way he presented it to the judge … I don’t see how it goes down from that.

“I thought the charges were fair. I can’t see how he can demote it which means he will miss the rest of the season and may not play again. His future is currently up in the air as he is out of contract at the end of the season.

“It’s going to be a sad way for him to go out. We know that’s not in his character. Everyone knows what kind of gentleman he is, but he’s wrong.

“A two-game suspension might be fair.”

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