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National Rugby League Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, described the events that led to Joel Monaghan’s resignation from the Raiders today as a sad affair for all concerned.

“Joel has today paid a heavy price in standing down from the Raiders and I think people are entitled to acknowledge both his contrition and the way he has handled things over the last couple of days,” Mr Gallop said.

“It is a poignant reminder though that people need to think before they act, even when it is seemingly done in jest.

“In light of the decisions Joel has taken there does not appear to be a need for further action from the NRL.

“No doubt there will be others thinking of the extra pain they have caused through social media and they will have to wrestle with that outcome, albeit it is difficult to pursue any action in relation to them.

“It is too early to start talking about when Joel could return to the NRL competition, that is something we would address at a later time.”

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