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Mitchell Pearce fined, suspended for eight NRL games over Sydney Roosters star's lewd video scandal

ABC GrandstandABC Grandstand 3/03/2016

Mitchell Pearce has been fined $125,000 and suspended for eight NRL games. © AAP Image Mitchell Pearce has been fined $125,000 and suspended for eight NRL games. Mitchell Pearce has been fined $125,000 and suspended for eight NRL games as punishment for the lewd video scandal.

The 26-year-old half-back was stood down from Roosters training and eventually the co-captaincy after he was filmed simulating a lewd act involving a dog on Australia Day.

After the video emerged, Pearce apologised and admitted he had a problem with alcohol.

Pearce returned to Australia on Sunday following treatment in a Thai rehabilitation centre, apologising for a second time and adding he was keen to get back to playing football.

"I love footy and it's something that I've missed a lot, being around my mates and being around footy," he said on Sunday.

"I deserve the punishment, I totally humiliated myself and a lot of other people.

"I'm not hiding from anything, I'm here to cop whatever comes and we'll just wait and see what happens."

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His apology has not washed with the NRL's women's adviser Catherine Lumby, who said the game had to take a stand and end the Roosters half-back's career.

"Personally I wouldn't [allow him back in the game] because of all the support and education he has had and the fact he is a senior leader who should know better," Lumby told News Corp.

"He has had ample opportunity [to learn]."

But there were already signs of contrition from Roosters chief executive John Lees, who told Fairfax Media: "There was no violence involved. There was ultimately no bigger crime or major sort of criminal matter, but it's a serious societal issue and that's why we're taking it seriously."

Pearce told the ABC, after arriving back from Thailand, that he had given up alcohol, but that he was nervous about his commitment to changing his lifestyle.

"I've got fear about how I'm going to stick to things," he said.

"But if I'm true to myself, alcohol won't be involved in my life.

"I've got fear about how I'm

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