Raiders boss Don Furner says the club will cop “any sanctions” the NRL hand coach Ricky Stuart who is facing a historic ban for his stunning attack on Panthers young gun Jaeman Salmon.
Stuart called Salmon “a weak-gutted dog” after the 23-year-old was placed on report for lashing out with his foot while being tackled by Raiders hooker Tom Starling.
The Salmon family has called on the NRL to act, while Stuart has copped an avalanche of criticism for the stunning outburst in his post-match press conference on Saturday night.
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The NRL are furious with the veteran coach and are expected to throw the book at Stuart, with the 55-year-old potentially facing an unprecedented ban.
Stuart has been fined $135,000 by the NRL since becoming a coach in 2002, but could now be looking at a match suspension for the first time.
“As a club we do not condone the comments made by Ricky in Saturday night’s press conference and we are currently in dialogue with the NRL and cooperating with all their inquiries,” Raiders chief executive Don Furner said on Monday.
“We will accept their findings and any sanctions they hand down.
“Being a Head Coach is a high-pressure job and comes with intense scrutiny from fans, media, and public and we understand emotion is high following a match.
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“However, as a club we acknowledge that coaches also have a responsibility to ensure they conduct themselves professionally when making public comment.
“Ricky has already publicly apologised for his actions on Saturday night, and we will continue to support him both professionally and personally.”
NRL boss Andrew Abdo described the remarks as “very serious” and “disappointing” and is expected to speak again on Monday afternoon.
“I think it was so serious what happened that we’re looking beyond a fine this time,” Phil Rothfield said on Big Sports Breakfast.
“I think Andrew Abdo was so angry about it yesterday that he’ll probably look at some kind of suspension, it might just be standing him down for one week or two weeks.”
The NRL Integrity Unit spoke to Stuart on Monday after he issued an apology on Sunday.
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