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Carney scratched for Titans clash

23/07/2008 07:53:51 PM Comments (0)

Canberra halfback Todd Carney will not play against Gold Coast this weekend despite the withdrawal of a complaint stemming from a late night incident at an ACT bar on the weekend.

Carney was alleged to have urinated on a fellow patron at the All Bar Nun establishment in the early hours of Monday morning, Carney part of Raiders contingent who had been out celebrating their side's stunning 34-12 win over the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.

The complaint was withdrawn after Carney and Bronx Goodwin, who was involved in a separate incident, were interviewed by Canberra police.

The troubled playmaker's future at the club now looks assured, though the Raiders will conduct their own investigations before clearing the 22-year-old's return to the field.

According to Raiders officials, that will not occur before Saturday's vital clash with the Titans, where a win could propel the green machine into the top eight for the first time since round five.

While Carney is likely to miss only one match, Goodwin's days in the lime green appear as good as over with the burly winger charged with two counts of assault following an alleged altercation outside the same bar.

Goodwin will face court at a date yet to be determined.

"ACT Policing has concluded their investigation in regards to the weekend's incidents, and the Raiders will now begin deciding on a course of action internally," Raiders chief executive Don Furner said.

"At this stage both Bronx and Todd will remain suspended by the club, and their futures will be decided following consultation with the Raiders board, coaching staff and playing group."

It is believed the initial decision to stand down both players had come from the playing group.

While Carney's alleged indiscretion was not seen to have been worthy of having his newly-signed $400,000 a year contract torn up, it was his previous run-ins with the law which had led some to suggest the club may have had enough of the troubled star.

Still a large majority of the club's fans were quick to throw their support behind the Country Origin half, with members on Raiders' fan forum calling for him to be named to play the Titans.

"Ok, the investigation is complete, Todd has been cleared, let him play ... it's too important a game," one post read.

But it was the posts put forward before the withdrawal of the complaint which really summed up the feeling within the Raiders fan base, with their biggest fear being the thought of Carney fulfilling his undoubted potential elsewhere in the NRL.

"If this is all true Toddy is def.(sic) worth another chance," another post read.

"... he is just coming good and to see another club snap him up would be a real kick in the guts, ok he has not been the best role model but fair dinkum he is a young bloke who is constantly in the media spotlight but most importantly he can play the game and I don't care what anyone says we sure as hell need him."

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