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No return to '70s under NRL boss Gallop

David Beniuk and Liam Fitzgibbon 29/08/2011 07:10:36 PM Comments (0)

Those missing the 1970s, take note - the biff won't be back under current NRL boss David Gallop.

The league chief hit back at those who saw Friday night's ugly all-in brawl at Brookvale Oval as a welcome throwback to scenes from the documentary The Fibros and the Silvertails.

"The biff has got no place in the game and people who say it does, that's nonsense," Gallop told reporters on Monday.

"Our game is so tough, you only have to go into a dressing room at the end of our games and see what our players have been through to know that we don't need this in our game to call it a tough game."

The unflappable chief executive unwittingly found himself at the centre of the season's biggest on-field drama after a much publicised decision to attend Friday night's top-of-the-table game.

That it was between the two clubs he's had the most history with only added to the spice.

Gallop's feud with Manly and their fullback Brett Stewart over the player's suspension for abusing alcohol in 2008 was expected to provoke a strong response from Sea Eagles fans.

Melbourne was the club he stripped of two premierships, one of them won in a grand final over Manly.

Gallop said he wasn't expecting any more raspberries after 10 of the clubs' players were charged by the NRL match review committee on Monday.

Two of them, Stewart's brother Glenn and the Storm's Adam Blair, are unlikely to play any part in the finals series.

"No, not at all," Gallop said.

"I think being at Brookvale on Friday night .. there were a few people that wanted to make some noise towards me but the vast majority of people were very polite.

"I enjoyed the contest but it was spoilt to some extend by this (the brawl).

"I believe we've imposed appropriate penalties today and we'll now let the judiciary deal with the individuals."

Gallop said he'd had emails from concerned parents and admitted the fight was a "horrendous" look for a game ina do-or-die battle for youngsters with AFL and soccer.

"I think the message is that we don't tolerate that kind of behaviour, something from the past of the game," he said.

"We want them to stay inspired by rugby league and the kids aspiring to be rugby league players and unless we do something about what we saw on Friday night, we'd understand them being distressed about that."

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