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Manly's Hasler asks the $100,000 question

Joe Barton 30/08/2011 07:50:20 PM Comments (0)

Manly and Melbourne accepted their $50,000 fines from the NRL on Tuesday for their roles in Friday's ugly on-field brawl, but Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler wants to know whether it will be spent wisely.

Mindful that the image of the game is at stake, Hasler and the Sea Eagles accepted the hefty fine as punishment for the letting "the Battle of Brookvale" get wildly out of hand against the Storm.

But Hasler says the second all-in fight, which was ignited as Melbourne's Adam Blair and Manly's Glenn Stewart traded punches as they walked off the field after being sin-binned from the first brawl, could have been avoided had the players been separated as they left for the dressing rooms.

And in an ideal world, Hasler believes the $100,000 which will be taken off the rival clubs will go towards finding a solution so those sort of violent scenes are never seen on a rugby league field again.

Hasler argues it is an issue which needs to be taken from the hands of club officials, and handled by the NRL.

"I know Bill Harrigan said this morning it is not the referees' responsibility for officialdom to be escorting (players from the field)," Hasler told reporters on Tuesday.

"But they have $100,000 now so maybe they look at some protocols like that where if they think it is the club's responsibility.

"... I guess while both clubs would be very disappointed with the $100,000 in fines, maybe it would be good of the NRL to tell us what are they going to do with that $100,000."

Hasler pointed to another incident over the weekend in which a sin-binned player was not taken from the field by a NRL official.

In this instance, Warriors prop Ben Matulino responded to his sin-binning by loitering behind the goal posts.

"Sure the NRL might say that is the responsibility of the clubs, well guess what? Not any more," Hasler continued.

"You do something about it. You take on the responsibility and you provide the correct process where none of thatcan happen because human emotion is raw.

"So it will be interesting to see what they come up with. I hope they don't just go lame on it.

"There's something they can do about it and they have $100,000 now.

"... I have heard (David Gallop say) somewhere that it is something they could look at."

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