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Harvey Norman to stick with Origin

By Amy Fallon 21/05/2004 08:27:08 PM Comments (0)

State of Origin sponsors Harvey Norman said it would continue to support the series and were not rethinking their business deal, despite the latest scandals to rock rugby league.

NSW players Anthony Minichiello and Mark Gasnier have been sacked from the Blues side while five of their teammates have been fined a total of $20,000 for disobeying team orders.

Minichiello and Gasnier were axed over an obscene phone call to a woman while the others were fined for various offences but mainly for leaving the team hotel at 3am on Wednesday morning after the Blues returned from a bonding session.

Head of the retail giant Harvey Norman, Gerry Harvey, said that despite receiving one call from an irate customer about supporting the origin series, he would continue to support rugby league.

Harvey said he had spoken to NRL chief executive David Gallop to tell him they wouldn't be rethinking their sponsorship.

"You can't win with everybody. I had some bloke on the phone who said I won't buy anything off you, you sponsor football," he said.

"Well I said you know, 'do you want me to pull the plug? There's still two or three in every 100 that are the bad buggers and 98 that are good, so why penalise the 98. That might be your way of doing it, but it wouldn't be mine.'

"We've been doing State of Origin for years. And State of Origin's Queensland versus NSW.

"It's the biggest thing in football, 100,000 people or whatever people watch it. That'll be the same this year as any other year.

"Do you run out and start to say you know, 'I'm not going to sponsor football anymore because it's full of thugs?' or something like that?

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