Sport NRL set to reject Raiders' six-week ban for Jack Wighton

08:32  12 july  2018
08:32  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Canberra Raiders to hand down six-week punishment to Jack Wighton over assault case

  Canberra Raiders to hand down six-week punishment to Jack Wighton over assault case Justice? Or should the NRL put their foot down?Wighton has pleaded guilty to five charges of assault and one count of public urination in the ACT Magistrates Court over a brawl in February.

NRL pushes for stronger ban on Wighton over assault. The Raiders announced on Monday that Wighton would impose a punishment of a six - week ban , but NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said on Thursday that the league would be expecting a stronger punishment.

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Jack Wighton could miss the rest of the NRL season.© AAP Jack Wighton could miss the rest of the NRL season. The NRL are set to reject the Canberra Raiders' six-week ban for star fullback Jack Wighton after he pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to assault last week.

Wighton told police when questioned about his unprovoked attacks on five men in Civic on February 3 that he didn't remember anything about the night.

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NRL boss Todd Greenberg has seen CCTV footage of the late-night brawl and he is not satisfied the Raiders' punishment fits the crime.

"I notice Canberra have proposed a six-week ban. We've viewed the footage and in our view it will warrant a stronger action than that, and that will be a discussion we will have directly with the Canberra club over the next couple of days," Greenberg said on Thursday.

NRL to step in over Wighton ban

  NRL to step in over Wighton ban NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has warned Canberra the Raiders' proposed suspension for fullback Jack Wighton could be overruled by the league.The NRL is set to overrule the Raiders' six-week ban for Wighton, meaning the 25-year-old could be forced to sit out the rest of the season.

The NRL has banned Jack Wighton for 10 weeks and fined him ,000. Photo: Fairfax Media. Raiders chairman Allan Hawke said the penalty was excessive and set an "extraordinary precedent" after they wanted him to only miss six games.

Jack Wighton (born 4 February 1993) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League . A Country Origin, Indigenous All Stars and Prime Minister's XIII representative player

Police facts, tendered in court last Friday, said the footage showed Wighton had just left a Civic nightclub, about 2.45am when he headbutted and punched a man leaning on a shop window.

About 2.55am, a man approaches and shakes Wighton's hand, only for the NRL star to shove and then punch the victim in the face.

The documents said, about 10 minutes later, Wighton is seen to urinate on the road before attacking three men, headbutting and punching them in the head and face.

One victim suffered a laceration to the inside of his mouth, while another had a cut on his head.

The Raiders board met last week to discuss Wighton's immediate playing future and they submitted their six-week suspension to the NRL integrity unit that would have seen him return to the field this season.

NRL overrules Raiders with 10-match ban, $30,000 fine for Wighton

  NRL overrules Raiders with 10-match ban, $30,000 fine for Wighton The NRL has come down heavy on Raiders fullback Jack Wighton, overruling a club-imposed six-match ban and fining the Canberra fullback $30,000.Only days after his club slapped the Raiders ace with a six-game ban for pleading guilty to assault outside a Canberra nightspot earlier this year, the NRL has stiffened the penalty to 10 games virtually ruling Wighton out of Canberra's finals push.

The NRL is set to overrule the Raiders ' six - week ban for Wighton , meaning the 25-year-old could be forced to sit out the rest of the season. Wighton is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to assault charges from a night out in February.

The Raiders proposed a six - week ban for the 25-year-old on Monday, but the NRL deemed the penalty not harsh enough and added a further four weeks to ensure Wighton will not play again during the regular season.

But with eight games left in the regular season, Wighton may not suit up again for the Green Machine until next year.

"We made our feelings pretty clear to Canberra. They made a decision. Ultimately the power rests with us to come over the top if we don't think the sanction is high enough," Greenberg said.

"I'm not foreshadowing [a ban] today. What I am foreshadowing is that there will be a discussion had with Canberra."

Wighton pleaded guilty to five charges of assault and one of public urination, but doesn't face sentencing until November 14.

Greenberg said the policy of club-imposed sanctions would remain in place but added the NRL would continue to intervene if they felt it warranted.

"We have always maintained that players at clubs are their employees and they set culture within their clubs," he said.

"To be frank Canberra have done a very good job of that over a long period of time, making hard decisions around players.

Raiders slam NRL for 'excessive' suspension

  Raiders slam NRL for 'excessive' suspension The Canberra Raiders have slammed the NRL for issuing a tougher suspension and fine on Jack Wighton following his guilty plea on five counts of assault. Wighton had already missed two weeks from a six-week suspension by the club due to his involvement in a pre-season incident of assault and public urination. But on Friday afternoon upon a further review with video footage also assessed by the NRL, the Raiders fullback was suspended for 10 weeks and imposed an additional fine of $30,000. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Sponsored by Finder.com.

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Jack Wighton at the Raiders ' school clinic on Monday. Photo: karleen minney. Raiders chairman Allan Hawke told Fairfax Media on Sunday they would stick to six weeks and if the NRL wanted to suspend Wighton for longer they would need to "come in over the top".

"On this occasion we will have a discussion with the club."

The NRL has taken a stance against misbehaving players in recent years, slapping serial offenders with lengthy bans and significant fines after off-field indiscretions.

Parramatta forward Kenny Edwards was sacked earlier this year for allegedly driving with a suspended licence, while last year he was suspended for seven games and fined $60,000 for domestic violence-related assault charges.

Newcastle halfback Mitchell Pearce was banned for eight games and fined $125,000 for simulating a sex act with a dog in 2016 when he was playing for the Sydney Roosters.

He had $50,000 of his fine suspended.

Controversial Brisbane prop Matthew Lodge was sacked by the Wests Tigers after he assaulted and held hostage a couple and their nine-year-old son in New York in 2015.

Lodge was only allowed to return to the NRL this season.

The Raiders have also taken a hard-line stance to off-field behaviour in the past, sacking Todd Carney, Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson only to see the trio restart their careers at other NRL clubs.

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Canberra captain Jarrod Croker will miss the rest of the NRL season after scans confirmed the centre will need surgery on his dislocated knee cap.Scans have revealed the star centre will need surgery after his left knee cap dislocated in the 38-12 victory over North Queensland on Saturday night.

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