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Ricky Stuart weak-gutted dog spray, one-game suspension, fine, punishment, Jaeman Salmon, Raiders, Panthers

Raiders coach Ricky Stewart will reportedly be suspended for one game and fined $20,000 for his “weak dog” spray at Panthers player Jaaman Salmon.

After the Raiders’ loss to the Panthers on Saturday, Stewart made some impressive comments. It was sparked by Salmon Raid’s hawker Tom Starling during the game.

“I had history with that boy (Salmon). I know that boy very well,” he said.

“He was a dog with a weak gut when he was a kid and he hasn’t changed. He’s a weak dog person now.

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News Corporation Reporter Phil Rothfield reports on NRL 360 that Stewart could stand down from coaching the Raiders’ clash with the Dragons on Sunday.

“I spoke to them (the NRL) 15 minutes ago and Ricky Stewart will not be coaching the Canberra Raiders this weekend,” Rothfield said.

“Within the next 24 hours, the NRL will announce a one-week ban and a $20,000 fine.”

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NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent Stewart spoke to Jason King at the Integrity Unit and revealed the “personal” story behind the attack on Salmon.

“I called the NRL today, they know and they will put their investigation together and the personal nature of this investigation there will be things that will not go into the written report,” he said.

“The King (Andrew) will speak to Abdo, describe some of what happened, but out of respect for privacy, it will not be put into writing.

“I don’t know if that will hurt Ricky in his whole fight to get banned. When I asked him if he was prepared to live with the consequences of that.”

Rothfield confirmed the NRL was aware of “all the private details” and while nothing was made public Stewart “told every detail to the Integrity Unit.”

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Rothfield added: “This is something that has been simmering for over a decade and has not been able to close. It’s his own children… I’m not defending him, but I’m just trying to give context to what happened.”

Kent, who heard about Stewart’s one-match suspension, criticized the NRL for imposing a suspension before the investigation was completed.

“The investigation is not over yet and you say – and I heard the same thing – one game for Ricky,” he said.

“I don’t have a problem with them being punished for it, but to ban him for that reason… we might need to start banning them if we don’t pay enough attention to the punishment.

“It’s in one area, and then in the second area we’ve got all these people saying it should be banned because it’s more than someone else has done. The two things don’t exactly match, but people are marrying them together to give it a game.

The disciplinary hearing isn’t over yet and it looks like the kangaroo court we’ve all heard will play out – it’s not over yet.

however, News Corporation Journalist Michael Karaianis believes the ban is “fair”.

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“I’d much prefer Ricky to meet Jayman in the shed after the game and spray him one-on-one… but you can’t do that in public. He’s basically discredited — he probably won’t be punished,” Kariannis said.

“I think the one-match ban is fair. You can’t do that. “

Kent reiterated that the issue was the ban, with Kariannis saying, “What’s the ban?” he asked.

Meanwhile, Rothfield revealed Stewart would be the first coach to serve a one-game suspension.

“It’s never happened before in the game,” he said.

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