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Sea Eagles consider appeal

29/08/2011 05:52:01 PM Comments (0)

Manly will consider appealing the $50,000 fine meted out by the NRL for Friday night's brawl with Melbourne players at Brookvale Oval.

The Sea Eagles will take legal advice before deciding how to proceed in the wake of the fine and five of their stars being charged over the fight.

Lock Glenn Stewart will appear before the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night after his contrary conduct charge was referred directly to the panel.

Darcy Lussick, Brett Stewart, Kieran Foran and Michael Robertson were also charged with offences ranging in grade from four to one, respectively.

"The club will handle the charges against the players for contrary conduct in the normal manner," Manly chairman Scott Penn said in a statement.

"The fine to the club is disappointing and we will need to look at seeking external advice on the merit of the fine.

"We would not rule out an appeal."

Glenn Stewart is looking at the real possibility of missing the entire NRL finals campaign after the match review committee found the highest grading for his charge - five - was not sufficient.

A grade five contrary charge equates to a five-week ban, meaning Stewart could be looking at even longer.

"Glenn Stewart has expressed his remorse at the incident in which he was sent off," Penn said.

"It has been a tough time for him and his team-mates over the past few days but now the charges have been laid we need to calmly examine every issue.

"That will take time but we have a deadline of noon tomorrow and we will take up all that time.

"It is vital to every part of our organisation - our sponsors, fans and players - that we acknowledge the seriousness of the incident but ensure the outcome is fair to everyone involved.

"Emotions have run high since last Friday and the comments have been relentless.

"It is essential that there is no pre-judging taking place because of intense media speculation."

Penn said the Sea Eagles had every faith in the NRL judicial system.

"We believe strongly in ex-players having total understanding of what the current players experience in such a massively promoted and high intensity match like Manly v Melbourne in front of a near capacity 20,000 fans at Brookvale Oval."

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