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Club manager denies Carney in the wrong

By Karlis Salna and Steve Jancetic 05/08/2008 07:00:02 PM Comments (0)

The manager of the Goulburn club Todd Carney was asked to leave at the weekend claims the Raiders star did nothing wrong, and was simply a victim of circumstance.

While the Raiders await a full report of the incident - in which a group Carney was with was asked to leave the Goulburn Worker's Club late Saturday night - the manager of the premises, Peter Walker, said the suspended star had little to worry about.

"There was no incident involving Todd Carney," Walker said.

"There was a verbal problem with someone in the same group and another patron.

"That person was told to behave, they chose to still get a bit irate and agitated so security asked him to leave and then just said `why don't the rest of you move on' and they did and Todd never took any part in that.

"It wasn't physical, it wasn't a problem, Todd didn't have anything to drink whilst he was here.

"It's pretty disappointing."

Carney is currently suspended by the Raiders following incident two weeks ago in which he allegedly urinated on the neck and head of another patron during a drinking session at a Canberra bar.

He is due to front the Raiders board on Thursday, where he will plead for reinstatement to the playing roster despite his suspension for the remainder of the season being one of five clauses handed down to him in an ultimatum by the club last week.

At the time the club said failure to adhere to the ultimatum would result in Carney's $400,000 a year contract being torn up.

Raiders officials refused to comment on the incident at the Goulburn Worker's Club, other than to say an investigation was underway and the matter would be raised with Carney at Thursday's hearing.

The club claimed it had been forced to wait until Thursday to deal with the issue when his manager, David Riolo, returned from a holiday in the snowfields.

Riolo denied he was the reason for the delay, saying the meeting was only set up on Monday. Rules set out in player contracts say players must be given five days to prepare once informed of a meeting, a condition Riolo and Carney were happy to cut to just three days.

"It's frustrating in terms of trying to get things done," Raiders chief executive Don Furner said.

"My understanding is he had a family holiday booked, so I'm not necessarily pointing the finger at him, the timing of it is just bad luck ... because we'd rather get this out of the road."

The Raiders had more bad news on Tuesday, with hooker Ryan Hinchcliffe ruled out, possibly for the rest of the season, after he fractured his thumb in the club's loss to Brisbane at the weekend.

Raiders coach Neil Henry said it was hoped Hinchcliffe might be out for just three or four weeks, but added that it could be as long as eight weeks.

Hinchcliffe will be replaced by Josh Miller for the clash with Penrith at Canberra on Sunday.

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