The NRL has suspended Raiders coach Ricky Stewart for one game and fined him $25,000 after he labeled Panthers player Jayman Salmon a “dog with a weak gut” after the game.
The one-week ban means Stewart will miss seven days of Canberra Raiders training and the Raiders must win their Round 22 game against St George Illawarra at Geo Stadium.
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Stewart publicly admitted he overstepped the mark by getting personal with the Panthers utility player at the NRL press conference after the game.
“The National Rugby League (NRL) has today issued a notice of infringement against Canberra Raiders head coach Ricky Stewart following comments made against Penrith Panthers player Jayman Salmon,” the NRL said in a statement.
“The infringement notice proposes a fine of $25,000 for Stewart and a ban from all club activities with the Canberra Raiders for a full week starting today (Tuesday, August 9).
“The period of the suspension prohibits Stewart from performing any duties as head coach of the Raiders, including at team or individual training or practice sessions or at Raiders facilities. In addition, he cannot give instructions or directions to the team, individual players or club officials during the suspension, including before, during and after any matches during this period.
“Stuart will not be able to return to coaching until 4pm on Tuesday 16th August 2010.
“The NRL will now work with both clubs to ensure the safety of the individuals involved.”
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said there was no place for public opinion of that nature in the game.
“The leaders have to set the standards in the game. The comments are never acceptable from any individual, let alone an official with such experience and standing,” Abdo said.
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“This is a very unusual case, and we have taken the drastic step of proposing a one-week suspension. This will be a complete ban preventing Ricky from having any involvement, physically or remotely, with any club activities. Also, the fine should be paid by Ricky himself, not by the club.”
The Raiders released a statement accepting the NRL sanctions.
“The Canberra Raiders and head coach Ricky Stewart acknowledge and accept the sanctions imposed by the NRL following comments made in last weekend’s post-match press conference.”
“The NRL has fined Stewart $25,000 and suspended him for one week. This means he will not be available for training against the St George-Illawarra Dragons at Geo Stadium Canberra this Sunday.
“The Raiders assistant coaches will be leading the team this season and for Sunday afternoon’s game.”
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