Rival clubs want the NRL to punish the Eels for ignoring a warning not to play fringe first-graders in NSW Cup matches last weekend, with Parramatta facing having just 16 eligible players for Magic Round.
The Project Apollo committee met on Monday night, and a final decision on whether Parramatta are granted exemptions will be made on Tuesday following consultation with NRL boss Andrew Abdo and ARLC chairman Peter V’landys.
“We, like many other clubs, have a long injury list among our top 30 and development squads,” Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly told The Sydney Morning Herald.
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“When the information was given to us on Thursday night that we’d move to level three protocols, we made our decision to remove the top 30 and development players from the NSWRL competitions.
“I think we all appreciated the risks if we didn’t and made decisions that ultimately challenged us over the weekend.
If a club took the risk and allowed their players to play, they should have to face the consequences of taking that risk.”
Channel 9s Danny Weidler and Laurie Daley discussed the peculiar situation facing Brad Arthur and his son Jake who lives with him, after the young half played on the weekend.
“One of the players who played who is outside of the bubble is Jake Arthur,” Weidler said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
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“That is Brad Arthur’s son and he lives with Brad Arthur. Jake is in a situation where he is considered in the dirty zone and Brad is in the clean zone, so how does that affect Brad Arthur?
“The whole situation is weird. Is that acceptable? Can Brad Arthur go and be with his team?
“In Jake Arthur’s case he is in the firing line of the NRL because he is one of the players who might be in that grey area as far as the NRL is concerned.”
“The other NRL clubs won’t be happy,” Daley interjected.
“Most of the clubs withdrew their players because they wanted to make sure if something did go wrong that they wanted to make sure that they had players available to send to Brisbane.
“Paramatta obviously thought the restrictions will be lifted and everything will change and we will be OK.
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“You can’t have a rule and then not police it.”
“No, when do clubs want other clubs to get an advantage? Never.” Weidler replied.
“They will kick them while they are down.
“We need to hear from Paramatta why they did that. They may say it happened quickly and we didn’t have enough notice.
“But they knew the rules. That was the rule set by the NRL. There was an email that went out. Clubs were made aware and Parramatta didn’t abide by it.
“There are some very odd situations like the Brad and Jake Arthur one, but overall they knew the rules and they didn’t follow it.”
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However Daley warned that it could be dangerous to force the Eels to play with just 16 players.
“How would they go if Parramatta only had 16 players available if the letter of the law is to be followed?” Daley asked.
“If they only had 16 players where does that leave Paramatta if something happened in terms of player welfare and safety?”
“I don’t think they can let it happen,” Weidler said.
“I think the NRL will have to have Parramatta playing in the Magic Round. If we are being realistic we are not going to see Parramatta do an under 11s thing and forfeit. They are going to play and there will be some way around it.”
Originally published as‘Can’t have a rule and not police it’: Clubs call for NRL to punish Eels over Covid bungle
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