NRL saviour Peter Vlandys has vowed to toss the book at Manlys Addin Fonua-Blake after it emerged the forward released a 2nd ugly spray at referee Grant Atkins as the pair increased the tunnel following his sides heated loss at Brookvale oval.
Fonua-Blake has been sidelined for 2 weeks after pleading guilty to a grade-three contrary conduct charge for calling Atkins a “f– ing slow down after being sent out from the field after the full-time whistle, however could now deal with additional sanctions over a 2nd outburst.
According to 2GBs Ray Hadley who sourced a copy of the official referees report, Fonua-Blake said “Are your eyes f —— painted on you bunch of spastics” to Atkins as they crossed paths again in the gamers tunnel.
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Vlandys says the NRL might not manage to go gently on the Manly star and has promised to personally push the issue, which might see further sanctions positioned upon the 24-year-old.
” Its untenable,” Vlandys told the Sydney Morning Herald. “As Ive said numerous times, what these players need to comprehend is they are function models.
” They have a non-negotiable duty. A young kid wouldve watched that and gone to school and abused a kid who is disadvantaged. To me, thats excruciating.
” Were not going lightly on it. If we do, as a commission, we may as well leave.”
Fonua-Blake has actually since apologised to Atkins for his outbursts, stating he regretted his option of words.
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” Referees have a really difficult job and all of us require to respect their choices even when we might not agree with them,” Fonua-Blake stated in a statement issued by Manly on Sunday.
” I must not have let my feelings overcome me and I am really sorry for the comments I made.
” I d likewise like to offer my genuine apology to anyone upset by the regrettable language that I used. I let myself and my club down. That is not who I am or what this club stands for.”
Its understood the NRL will push for Fonua-Blake do some volunteer operate in a special needs school as part of any increased penalty.
A young kid wouldve viewed that and gone to school and abused a kid who is disadvantaged.” I d also like to use my genuine apology to anyone upset by the regrettable language that I used. I let myself and my club down.