North Queensland boss Peter Jourdain says the Cowboys never had second thoughts about parting ways with coach Neil Henry Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, has reviewed comments by Johnathan Thurston and determined that no action will be taken against the Cowboys player.
“There is a distinct difference between the comments themselves and some of the interpretations placed on of those comments,” Mr Greenberg said.
“At no stage was there a reference to the integrity of the officials.
“I have spoken with both Johnathan and Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain, who have each given an assurance that the comments were not directed at the administration or the officials.
“We have also fully reviewed the comments by Neil Henry and do not believe that they contravened the policy.
“The policy allows for coaches to express their disappointment at decisions and we respect that right.
“What does cause an issue is when a coach or player questions the integrity of an official or engages in ridicule or excessive criticism.”