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Apologetic Burgess receives suspended fine over 'kangaroo court' comments

South Sydney captain Sam Burgess has been hit with a suspended $10,000 fine for his comments about the NRL judiciary last week.

Burgess met with NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and has issued a public apology after last week labelling the NRL judiciary a “Kangaroo Court”.

“The chairman and members of the panel are of the highest integrity and it was never my intention to cast any doubt over their character. The point of my comments was to simply express concerns and frustrations I had about the processes,’’ he said.

“I unreservedly apologise for using the phrase’ Kangaroo Court’. I now understand it was the wrong choice of words. Todd and I had an open and honest conversation.

"Todd talked me through the procedures and rules in place across both the match review committee and the judiciary and I spoke about some of the frustrations players felt about the current processes.”

Rabbitohs captain Sam Burgess.
Rabbitohs captain Sam Burgess. ©NRL Photos

Greenberg was quick to point out Burgess’ responsibilities to the game in their meeting, especially considering his stance in the game.

“To Sam’s credit he has apologised publicly and acknowledged his mistake,’’ Greenberg said.

“Sam and I have agreed to continue discussions about issues in the game during the off-season with a small group of other senior players - equally as committed to ensuring our players are genuine partners in the game.” 


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