Hold the phone, rugby league fans. We might just have a State of Origin conspiracy on our hands!
League legend Mark Carroll believes “100 per cent” the NRL chose not to suspend Cowboys enforcer Josh McGuire simply because he’s an Origin player, and so as not to harm his availability for game two.
McGuire is facing a maximum $4500 fine for eye gouging Manly centre Dylan Walker on Saturday.
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It’s the second time this season he’s been charged by the match review committee for the same offence. He also eye gouged Cameron Munster a few weeks back, and has four similar prior offences against his name.
NRL players are only allowed two fines a season before they are automatically suspended.
But there’s some controversy surrounding his fine, as young Raiders forward Hudson Young was whacked with a five-game suspension for an eye gouge on Aiden Tolman.
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NRL: The Controversy Corner panel believe Cowboys forward Josh McGuire should recieve a heavy ban for his eye gouge on a Manly player.
“Let’s make it clear … have they fined him to make him available for Queensland,” Graeme Hughes asked Controversy Corner on Sunday night.
“100 per cent,” replied Blues legend Carroll.
Senior News Corp journalist Phil Rothfield agreed there was something fishy about the NRL’s decision to suspend Young but not McGuire.
“That is a rort. McGuire is a repeat offender and the fact the Canberra kid got five weeks and he got fined is an absolute rort,” Rothfield said.
“I’m going to go to Graham Annesley’s briefing (on Monday) and I’m going to ask about that. It’s just wrong.”
Originally published as ‘100 per cent’: Legend’s Origin conspiracy
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