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NRL admits Gallen escaped charge over 'concerning' Cordoba incident

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eggson, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Thought maybe some of you guys would like to read about the NRL basically admitting they protected Gallen so he could play Origin:


    NRL officials have confirmed that NSW and Cronulla back-rower Paul Gallen was millimetres away from a judiciary charge that would have threatened his place in next week's Origin decider.

    Gallen dropped his forearm on the Eels' Josh Cordoba last Sunday, and his actions in trying to get the injured Parramatta prop to his feet yesterday prompted an official warning to all players. Gallen, who received a three-game ban earlier this year for raking the face of Gold Coast second-rower and Blues teammate Anthony Laffranchi after he returned to the field sporting stitches from a nasty head wound, came under scrutiny from the match review committee for striking Cordoba as he lay on the ground after being concussed in a heavy tackle by Isaac De Gois. Gallen then tapped the Eels forward on the head several times to suggest he get up.

    In their weekly report on all incidents reviewed from round 16 games, the committee yesterday described Gallen's behaviour as "unnecessary and concerning" but said it did not warrant any further action. However, match review commissioner Greg McCallum indicated Gallen had only escaped a striking charge because the blow to Cordoba had glanced the back of his head and did not contain much force.

    "To charge a player with striking, it has to be either intentional or highly reckless, and we viewed this incident as probably being more careless than anything," McCallum told the Herald. "There was only minimal contact but had there been more force and more direct contact to the head, we would have looked at it a bit differently."

    Of more concern to the NRL was the way he attempted to encourage Cordoba to get off the ground - an act that has also angered Parramatta players, with Nathan Hindmarsh this week accusing Gallen of "taking it too far". As a result, in the weekly report sent by the NRL's chief operating officer, Graham Annesley, clubs were told yesterday to remind their players of the possible legal ramifications of such actions.

    "Some time ago the NRL had cause to warn all clubs in relation to a number of incidents where players made unnecessary contact with an injured opponent in the belief that injury was being feigned. This can be an extremely dangerous practice," Annesley wrote. "Any physical contact with an injured player is not the responsibility of any other player on the field, even if it is a genuine attempt to assist the injured player. All players are again reminded that such actions are not only in breach of the rules but could also have serious liability implications if any injury is exacerbated as a result of their actions."

    The NRL's chief medical officer, Dr Hugh Hazard, also advised players not to touch an injured opponent or teammate - even if they thought he was faking. "If a player has sustained a cervical spine injury, a potentially serious injury can easily be converted into a catastrophic spinal injury by inappropriate intervention," Hazard said.

    Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald earlier this week sent a formal complaint to the NRL about Gallen's behaviour, while a number of Parramatta players have spoken out.

    "I'm pissed off … and a few of the boys aren't happy about it either because he took it too far," Hindmarsh told Rugby League Week. "He has a bit of a reputation for this sort of behaviour with the Anthony Laffranchi facial, and he needs to stop it."

    Veteran lock Daniel Wagon said: "When a bloke is knocked out on the ground and you smack him in the head … it's not in the spirit of the game. But you come to expect it from these types of players, don't you."

    Brad Walter
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    This lends support to the idea that NSW use the system to help them in Origin. (Mata will love this one!!!)
  3. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +1,324 /37
    Who cares!

    Don't you all know Lyon isn't playing?
  4. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    Lucky this wasn't the case when Cameron Blair fished the mouthgaurd out of his opponents gob and probably saved his life.

    Any of you other old folks remember who the injured bloke was?
  5. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,573 /80
    Gallen is a grub, and frankly from a NSW point of view I'd have prefered it if they had suspended him. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth having to cheer him in a NSW jumper. Similar to when Terry Lamb was playing SOO.
  6. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Beats me... here's the Late Mail from smh:
    Manly five-eighth Jamie Lyon is expected to play against Newcastle tomorrow night despite a shoulder injury - not to mention the storm over his Origin snub - while Steve Matai is in doubt with a neck injury.
  7. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    who cares - lets smash the knaughts scum and be done with it
  8. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    If Matai had done what Gallen did would he have been suspended?
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Lucky this wasn't the case when Cameron Blair fished the mouthgaurd out of his opponents gob and probably saved his life.

    Any of you other old folks remember who the injured bloke was?

    Wasn't it Cameron Blair that was knocked out?  He of the yellow insulation tape headband.

    My favorite player back then was Mat Goodwin.  How good was it when he smashed Roach?

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