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Sport NRL to step in over Wighton ban

11:06  12 july  2018
11:06  12 july  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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 NRL is set to recommend a stronger suspension for Canberra fullback Jack Wighton after the Raiders handed down a six-match ban after he pleaded guilty to assault.

Canberra have suspended fullback Jack Wighton for four more games over assault charges, but will still have to wait until later this week to see if the NRL "Jack has already taken some positive steps in this process and we will continue to ensure he's doing everything he can to continue in this direction

Jack Wighton of the Raiders in action during a NRL match.© Ashley Feder/Getty Images Jack Wighton of the Raiders in action during a NRL match.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has made it clear Canberra's proposed club suspension for fullback Jack Wighton is too lenient.

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.

Greenberg couldn't say when a resolution would be reached, but expects discussions with Canberra to continue during the next two days.

"It's simple as this - I've viewed the footage and I don't think the sanction they've proposed is strong enough," Greenberg said on Thursday.

Raiders forward Joe Tapine set to miss another two NRL games

  Raiders forward Joe Tapine set to miss another two NRL games Canberra Raiders second-rower Joe Tapine faces another two-game ban.Tapine was charged with grade one dangerous contact for his lifting tackle on Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa in the Raiders' come-from-behind, 32-28 victory at Belmore on Saturday.

Raiders chairman Allan Hawke fired back at the NRL ’s treatment of the situation, calling their ban “excessive” as Wighton still faces Wighton will face sentencing on 14 November over five charges of assault, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one of public urination.

The NRL is set to overrule the Raiders' six-week ban for Wighton , meaning the 25-year-old "Jack has already taken some positive steps in this process and we will continue to ensure he's doing Wighton will face sentencing on November 14 over five charges of assault, including two counts of

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"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.

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

  NRL set to reject Raiders' six-week ban for Jack Wighton Canberra suspended Wighton for six weeks but NRL boss Todd Greenberg wants a longer ban.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.

The Raiders proposed a six-week ban for the 25-year-old on Monday but the NRL deemed the club's punishment not strong enough and ensured Wighton won't play again in the regular season. Wighton faces sentencing on November 14 over five charges of assault, including two counts of

A battle is brewing between the Canberra Raiders and the NRL over the length of Jack Wighton 's suspension, with the governing body yet to rubber stamp the proposed six-week ban .

"We've always maintained that clubs and the players with clubs are their employees and they set culture within their clubs.

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

Canberra want Wighton to return for their round 22 match against Wests Tigers on August 12, factoring in the two matches he has already missed as part of their suspension.

Ricky Stuart's team sits in ninth on the ladder, three games outside of a finals spot with eight matches to go in the season.

Dealing with off-field behaviour isn't new for the Raiders as they have sacked Todd Carney, Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson for indiscretions before those players went onto star for new clubs.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg© AAP NRL CEO Todd Greenberg

Raiders chairman Allan Hawke is hoping that is taken into account when the NRL punishes Wighton.

"Jack has already taken some positive steps in this process and we will continue to ensure he's doing everything he can to continue in this direction," Hawke said on Monday.

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.

Cronulla Sharks star Paul Gallen has taken aim at the NRL over Jack Wighton 's ban . Wighton has also been fined ,000 for the incident which saw him plead guilty to assault and public urination.

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"We don't condone Jack's actions and we've been transparent and up front during this whole process.

"Our club has taken a strong stance on issues like this in the past and our track record on dealing with player behaviour is on the public record."

a group of people standing in front of a building: Jack Wighton pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of common assault and one of public urination.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Jack Wighton pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of common assault and one of public urination. Wighton will face sentencing on November 14 over five charges of assault, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The maximum penalty for assault occasioning actual bodily harm is a five-year jail sentence.

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