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Faumuina won't pursue eye-gouging claim

By Laine Clark 17/03/2007 12:10:54 AM Comments (0)

Controversial Cowboys backrower Sione Faumuina said he won't pursue an eye-gouging claim against Broncos lock Tonie Carroll, saying the incident was "done and dusted".

But it may not be that simple.

The 32nd minute incident is sure to come under scrutiny from the match review committee on Monday.

Faumuina marked his 100th first-grade game by impressing off the bench for his new club North Queensland in the Cowboys' upset 23-16 NRL season-opening win over the Broncos.

He complained in the 32nd minute that Carroll had gouged his eyes in a tackle.

But when referee Tim Mander asked if he wanted to make a formal complaint, Faumuina declined.

Controversy was the last thing Faumuina wants after being released by the New Zealand Warriors under acrimonious circumstances and walking away from London Harlequins without playing a game before surprisingly resurfacing at Townsville.

"As for myself it's done and dusted and we got the two points - that's what I am happy about," Faumuina said.

"The referee had already dealt with it and I'm just going to move on and look forward to the Roosters next week."

Asked if he was upset by the incident, Faumuina said: "It's the first game of the season, everyone's got a few nerves and stuff.

"It's my first game for the club and 100th as well so I was a bit on edge so that probably contributed to the situation as well."

Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston still appeared miffed by the incident after his inspirational hand in the victory.

"Si made a complaint and I don't know if it will be followed up. I think you all see for yourselves," he said.

"I don't think Si is the type of person to, even though he was filthy about it, take it further."

Cowboys coach Graham Murray said Faumuina was not happy about the incident but admitted it was now in the hands of the match review committee.

"Sione was cranky about the whole thing but I think you should let the process take its place," he said.

"It won't be in our match review - someone is going to have a look at it aren't they?"

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