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Fa'aoso escapes NRL ban for Burgess hit

Parramatta's Richie Fa'aoso has escaped NRL suspension after submitting an early guilty plea for his raised forearm that floored South Sydney's George Burgess.

Fa'aoso was slapped with a grade-one dangerous contact charge by the NRL match review committee on Monday over the incident in the Eels' 14-12 loss to the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

Fa'aoso had been running with the ball when he saw Burgess charging at him and stuck out his elbow in defence, catching Burgess on the chin.

The 31-year-old, who wasn't penalised for the contact, decided not to fight the charge meaning he will be free to play against Penrith this Friday.

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