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Coronavirus: Tigers face suspended penalty over social-distancing incident – V'landys

Omnisport logo Omnisport 11/06/2020 Sacha Pisani
a man wearing a suit and tie: Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys © Getty Images Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys said Wests Tigers are set to be punished after Benji Marshall breached coronavirus protocols.

Tigers star and co-captain Marshall was involved in a "social-distancing matter" with a reporter on Wednesday, after being dropped from the team for Saturday's NRL clash against Canberra Raiders.

The reporter in question tested negative for COVID-19 following the incident midweek.

After the 2020 NRL season resumed behind closed doors last month amid strict biosecurity measures, V'landys said the league will look into the incident and confirmed the Tigers face a suspended penalty.

Canterbury Bulldogs received a 25,000 Australian dollars suspended fine last week after team great Terry Lamb shook hands with players at a training session.

"They [Wests Tigers] will probably be treated the same as the Bulldogs," V'landys told radio station 2GB on Thursday.

"We need to have deterrence in place for the clubs to obey the biosecurity measures.

"The government's been kind enough to allow us to conduct our competition under strict biosecurity measures and we have to honour our part of the deal."

V'landys added: "I don't think we need to be alarmist on it. It's an oversight, it could happen to any of us."

The Tigers have won two of their opening four games of the season ahead of facing the Raiders on Saturday.


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