The National Rugby League Match Review Committee has today initiated defamation proceedings against Mal Meninga and Queensland Newspapers over an article published last Sunday.
A statement of claim has been filed with the Supreme Court of NSW on behalf of the Committee after attempts to find an alternative resolution proved unsuccessful this week.
The National Rugby League will support the Match Review Committee’s proceedings at least until such time as the offending statements made in relation to them are withdrawn and an apology is issued.
"The statements in the article were seriously offensive to individuals who carry out important roles for the game with absolute integrity," NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.
"This has nothing to do with interstate rivalry or a person's right to challenge a decision but it has everything to do with the fact that there are laws against falsely attacking a person’s good name and reputation.
"Had it involved an NRL coach it would certainly have resulted in a substantial fine which may have in some way lessened the need for independent legal action from the parties involved.
"In any case it remains our responsibility to assist in protecting those people who carry out important roles for the game from baseless allegations of bias or corruption.
"The members of the Match Review Committee are entitled to defend themselves in such a situation and are entitled to expect that the game will offer them support in the process."