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Roosters coach won't be censored

By Laine Clark 18/04/2005 08:28:10 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters CEO Brian Canavan has no plans to censor coach Ricky Stuart despite NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley admitting the club went close to being fined $10,000.

Stuart escaped with a caution from NRL CEO David Gallop for his post-match roasting of referee Paul Simpkins after Friday night's 29-16 win over the Bulldogs.

And the Roosters were also breathing easier after prized British enforcer Adrian Morley was found to have no case to answer despite being sent off in the NRL grand final re-match clash with the Bulldogs.

Gallop said the league "expressed its concern" over Stuart's comments but opted not to penalise the Roosters mentor for his passionate outburst.

Stuart said Simpkins' decision to dismiss Morley for a 48th minute high tackle on Bulldogs winger Matt Utai was "amateurish", predicted the whistleblower be demoted next round and claimed officials were targeting his player, who has an horrific judiciary record.

Annesley said: "He walked a very fine line. The clubs have been told what they can or can't say and they've got to abide by that.

"A fine is the standard option but basically for breaches of rules the NRL can take any action that we deem appropriate."

After thanking the NRL for its "empathy and understanding", Canavan said he had discussed the issue with Stuart and had no problem with the Roosters mentor's "passionate" approach.

"Ricky is honest, he's accessible and he speaks what he is feeling and thinking which is a tremendous trait of the guy - no one could ever question his care and concern for the game," he said.

"We've spoken about it. Ricky's overriding concern ... is to advance our game.

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