There's been a conga line of idiots lining up over at ME to kick me in the head with various platitudes, chiefly: 1. I'm a whinger for defending a player. 2. It is over, so get over it. I have not responded as I cannot say as much as "boo" over there without the customary ban. However, watch the ****wits do their customary backflip now that the club has adopted my stance. Wouldn't it be ironic if parts of my article became a part of their defence. Manly to appeal Dunley ban May 25, 2005 MANLY has sought leave to appeal the NRL's four-match suspension imposed on hooker Shayne Dunley for spitting. The NRL judiciary initially found Dunley guilty of grade five contrary conduct before reducing the charge to grade four, meaning he will miss four games instead of five for spitting in the direction of Parramatta's PJ Marsh on Friday night. Manly notified the NRL of its intention to seek leave to appeal this afternoon. Judiciary chairman Greg Woods will receive the club's submissions and any from NRL counsel John Murphy tomorrow afternoon. Judge Woods, who presided over the original hearing but was not part of the judgement process, will advise all parties if leave is granted, although no time for a decision has been set. The rules only provide for the judge to grant leave if there is an issue with respect to the issue of guilt or if the sentence or grading is deemed "manifestly excessive". Should leave be granted, a hearing of the NRL Appeals Committee would then be convened.