The NRL has revealed that NSW Blues and Cronulla Sharks skipper, Paul Gallen will be fined $50,000 for his offensive comment made at NRL via Twitter last week.
On top of that, Paul will also be ineligible for any international fixtures in 2015 unless he successfully completes a leader’s accountability course.
NRL CEO David Smith seems fully committed to cleaning up the league’s off-filed issues.
Sharks Chairman Damian Keogh said the club agrees with the punishment:
“The last two years have been a difficult period for the Sharks and our focus is on performing strongly on and off the field in 2015,” he said. “So it is disappointing to have the club involved in this sort of issue as we prepare for next season.”
Paul’s been one of the NRL’s most prominent figures of the last decade; clearly that’s why his punishment is so severe.
Earlier today Gallen was promoting his second professional fight and had this to say when asked about the situation: “I haven’t got hold of him yet. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m here for the fight. I put something on Twitter. I used language I should’ve have used. I’m here to talk about boxing. Boxing has given me a massive focus apart from rugby league. I’m looking forward to training. I haven’t been able to train for a long time for different reasons.”
Phil Rothfield believes, “It’s way over the top for swearing on social media”.
He did call everyone at the NRL a c**t.
The $50,000 fine is the maximum punishment allowed for a breach of the NRL’s Code of Conduct.
Gallen has seven days to pay the fine.