See if you can spot the difference in these statements.
NRL's Statement 1 on George Burgess (Monday 28 March 2022) following his "sexual touching charges":
"The NRL will allow Burgess to keep playing while he is before the courts, and the 29-year-old will be up for selection when the Dragons face the Parramatta Eels this weekend in round four."
So, as not to prejudice Burgess's criminal proceedings case (i.e. sexual touching), the NRL will wait the outcome of that case before taking any action for possible breaches of NRL rules" it said in its statement.
NRL Statement, 28 March 2022
"The National Rugby League [NRL] has advised the St George Illawarra Dragons that player George Burgess will be permitted to continue playing in the NRL Premiership while subject to criminal proceedings."
"The policy gives the NRL chief executive discretion to apply the policy for offences that carry less than 11 years' jail."
"The decision in no way forms a judgement on the allegations against Burgess, which are serious, and the NRL reserves the right to impose a no-fault stand-down in the future."
NRL Statement 2 on Dylan Brown (Wednesday 7 June, 2023) following his "sexual touching charges":
"The NRL has today advised the Parramatta Eels that Dylan Brown is subject to a No-Fault Stand Down Condition under the NRL Rules."
"New South Wales Police charged Dylan Brown with several counts of sexually touch without consent following an incident at Double Bay on Saturday 3 June 2023."
"The NRL decision should in no way be interpreted as a view on the innocence or guilt of the player."
Can anyone see the subtle difference despite the exact same charges?