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The NRL has strict new rules to deal with its badly behaved players


DISCOVERED: The NRL's strict new rules to deal with badly behaved players, including five-game bans on attack fees or lewd content sharing

  • The NRL will introduce a new penal policy document to clean up the sport
  • The document is a punishment matrix that describes crimes and their punishments
  • The draft document will be distributed to the clubs and is expected to be implemented in 2020

The NRL will introduce new mandatory guidelines for punishments to clean up the code that has been plagued by off-field scandals and crimes for years.

The new penalty matrix – one of the most thorough that can be implemented in a sport in the world – will impose consistent penalties on rogue players.

A draft document documenting the mandatory fines (as a percentage of player salary) and bans on play was distributed to the clubs.

The NRL will introduce new mandatory guidelines for penalties to clean up the code. The punishments are an attempt to control player scandals. Pictured: Toddy Carney, who was caught on camera and drank his own urine

The most serious crimes would be punished with a ban on playing in the NRL. Pictured: Jack de Belin and partners. De Belin is accused of rape but denies the allegation

The most serious crimes would be punished with a ban on playing in the NRL. Pictured: Jack de Belin and partners. De Belin is accused of rape but denies the allegation

According to The Sunday Telegraph, who saw the document, all 16 NRL clubs have given their full support to the concept.

The punishment guidelines have been discussed for almost 12 months.

The Australian Rugby League Commission is now enforcing the document to avoid another scandalous season.

The offenses are severely or severely treated and the penalties must be monitored by the NRL Integrity Unit.

"Low scale" offenses are defined as "low impact, low harm and small scale".

While "high-level" offenses are defined as "high impact, significant damage and large scale".

Sharing lewd material without consent would result in severe penalties. Pictured: Dylan Napa, who was involved in a sex tape scandal

Sharing lewd material without consent would result in severe penalties. Pictured: Dylan Napa, who was involved in a sex tape scandal

Players could still be punished for violations, even if no police charges are filed.

Every crime also has the possibility of a maximum penalty for deleting the registration – effectively a life ban for playing in the NRL.

ARLC chairman Peter Beattie wants the rules to start early next season.

"This is a very important initiative for the rugby league," Beattie told The Sunday Telegraph.

"This is about making the penalties uniform throughout the game and making sure everyone understands the rules."

POTENTIAL NRL PENALTY MATRIX

DAMAGE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY (hotel rooms, bars, clubs, vehicles)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / 3 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 5 NRL matches
Minimum penalty of 10 percent / 3-4 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 25 percent / 12 NRL matches
UNPUBLIC BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC (intimidation, racist defamation, distribution of scandalous material)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / no game ban
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 4 NRL matches
Minimum penalty of 10 percent / 6 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 25 percent / 12 NRL matches
INDECENT ASSAULT (stalking, harassment, disclosure of lewd content without consent)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / 5 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 7 NRL matches
Minimum penalty of 10 percent / 8 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 25 percent / 12 NRL matches
AFFRAY (joint attack)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / 2 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 6 NRL matches
Minimum penalty of 10 percent / 7 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 25 percent / 12 NRL matches
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / 5 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 8 NRL matches
Minimum penalty of 10 percent / 9 NRL matches
Maximum penalty of 25 percent / 12 NRL matches
MATCH FIXING (betting as a registered player, inside information)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Minimum penalty of 3 percent / 1 NRL compliance
Maximum penalty of 5 percent / 12 NRL matches
Minimum penalty cancellation of registration
Maximum cancellation of registration
SEXUAL ASSAULT (commercial drug supply, armed robbery)
LOW SCALE HIGH SCALE
Not a low scale Minimum penalty cancellation of registration
Maximum cancellation of registration

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