The players’ union has launched a savage attack on the NRL over its treatment of Caitlin Moran, claiming the governing body’s sanctions leave “many within the game scratching their heads at administrative decision-making.”
Newcastle NRLW player Moran caused a stir over online comments she posted about following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Despite taking down the post, the NRL announced a proposed sanction of a one-match suspension and a suspended fine equating to 25 per cent of her salary.
Knights coach Ronald Griffiths came to the fullback’s defence, telling AAP: “The relationship between Indigenous people and the monarchy is a complicated one.”
The suspension effectively rubs Moran out of for one-sixth of the NRLW season, prompting the Rugby League Players’ Association [RLPA] to savage the decision
“The Rugby League Players’ Association acknowledges the breach notice the NRL have issued to NRLW player Caitlin Moran,” the RLPA said in a statement.
“The RLPA believes a fine equivalent to 25 per cent of Caitlin’s salary, although suspended, is far too severe. Caitlin’s proposed financial punishment is another example of the inconsistent and disproportionate penalties handed down to players.
Newcastle Knights NRLW player Caitlin Moran.Credit:NRL Photos
“Case by case, the NRL has a worrying track record of inconsistent punishments given to players. For integrity-related matters, the RLPA has continually advocated for transparency, but we are yet to see any framework that informs the NRL’s sanctions.
“The lack of a clear and transparent framework puts players in an incredibly vulnerable position and leaves many within the game scratching their heads at administrative decision-making.
“Concerningly, the game wants to be transparent with the public by publicising breach notices, but the game does not want to be transparent with key industry stakeholders on what framework informs that decision-making.
“The RLPA’s position is that breach notices should not be published until the matters are officially resolved.”
Moran has until Tuesday to decide whether to challenge the NRL’s sanction.
The latest decision creates further tension between the NRL and the RLPA, with the parties still yet to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that will set the salary cap for next year and beyond.
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