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Bird shouldn't be fined: manager

By Brent Read 08/04/2004 10:37:42 PM Comments (0)

Greg Bird's manager called on Cronulla to support his "devastated" client rather than penalise him with a fine.

Bird was given a 10 week ban by the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night for kneeing South Sydney's Shane Marteene in the head - and his punishment may not end there.

The 20-year-old was told by the Sharks that he must front a disciplinary committee on Tuesday night where he could be fined or suspended by the club.

Cronulla also has the option of terminating Bird's contract, although chief executive Steve Rogers said that was unlikely.

Bird's manager Gavin Orr will accompany his client to Tuesday's meeting and said he would be bitterly disappointed if his charge received any further penalty.

"We would be disappointed if they fined him after the number of weeks he has been given by the NRL," Orr said.

"I think that (10 weeks) should be a severe enough penalty for the kid to suffer. He's devastated, absolutely devastated.

"This has been a traumatic enough experience. He's apologised to every person he can apologise to.

"I think the fact that Steve Rogers has gone in and supported him (at the judiciary) ... I would expect him to support him at the board meeting."

Bird was still coming to terms with his suspension, admitting he thought his counsel Jim Barnett had presented a strong argument.

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