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NRL rules out judiciary changes

By Brent Read 30/09/2004 08:19:05 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Roosters have started planning for life without Luke Ricketson after the NRL shut the door on an overhaul of its judicial system.

Ricketson was suspended for three matches by the NRL judiciary after failing to have his grade three striking charge reduced, prompting the club stalwart to call on the NRL to review the workings of the judiciary.

The former NSW and Australian forward also lashed out at his treatment, claiming he felt a lot of "aggression" at the hearing.

"From the moment we walked in there was pieces (of evidence) thrown straight out," Ricketson said on Channel Nine.

"There was a lot of aggression. I felt after five minutes I had no chance.

"You have to understand that things happen in rugby league. If someone is not a repeat offender they have to be given a fair go."

However, NRL chief executive David Gallop defended the system and ruled out adding more weight to big games.

"I am not going to comment on any particular case including Luke's," NRL chief executive David Gallop said.

"Over the years it has always been sad to see players suspended before grand finals but you can't change the rules on foul play before the grand final.

"Do you give a licence to commit foul play before a big game? Would a round 26 game or a game one, two or three games before State of Origin be included?

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