Why league great says there is ‘no option’ but to ban Ricky as ugly spray exposes NRL’s big problem
There are calls for Canberra coach Ricky Stuart to be stood down for the rest of the season with the NRL reportedly conceding fines are “not really working for those serial offenders”.
NRL officials will meet on Monday to decide on a sanction for Stuart after he called Panthers young gun Jaeman Salmon “a weak-gutted dog” in his post-match press conference on Saturday.
Stuart apologised for the outburst on Sunday, while the Salmon family have called on the NRL to act.
The NRL are considering slapping Stuart with a ban, with journalist Dave Riccio revealing they have conceded fines aren’t working for serial offenders.
“The NRL they will meet today, there is a commission meeting,” Riccio said on SEN.
“This item was never on the agenda however it will be discussed today, the NRL will determine what sanction they hand down to Ricky Stuart.
“This is an interesting one as there’s been plenty of discussion and consideration from the NRL to suspend Ricky Stuart for a match or more.
“I can tell you this is a path the NRL have been looking at going down for coaches who have serial fines against them for comments made post-match.