An NRL plan to grade the grubs

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - GRAND FINAL BUZZ -

THE in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion will look at new ways to bring down more con­sis­tent penal­ties for off-field mis­be­haviour as part of its end-ofend of sea­son re­view.

It will ex­plore a range of op­tions in­clud­ing a grad­ing sys­tem sim­i­lar to what is al­ready in place for on-field of­fences.

Chair­man Peter Beattie raised the idea be­fore the case se that saw the Souths for­ward Sam Burgess es­cape any pun­ish­ment over the video tex­ting scan­dal re­lat­ing to his so­cial me­dia ac­count.

Some clubs be­lieve Burgess got off lightly given the dam­age the case caused dur­ing the mid­dle of the fi­nals se­ries, be­fore it was found there were no breaches.

Beattie has asked CEO Todd Green­berg and the in­tegrity unit to come up with al­ter­na­tive models which could bring more con­sis­tency to sanc­tions.

The key is­sue is that, while there are 16 cam­eras fol­low­ing every move on-field, many off-field cases are dif­fi­cult to in­ves­ti­gate.

Beattie will take a pro­posal to the De­cem­ber meet­ing of club CEOs and chairs.

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