Phil Gould has blasted the NRL judiciary over the four-week suspension handed down to Latrell Mitchell.
Premiership winning coach Phil Gould has hit out at the NRL judiciary over the four-match ban handed down to Souths star Latrell Mitchell.
The 23-year-old failed in his bid to have a grade-two dangerous contact charge downgraded, and will now be sidelined for the next month.
Mitchell was charged with a late and high shot on Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma during the Rabbitohs’ 18-14 win at Stadium Australia on Saturday.
Mitchell’s absence is a huge loss for Souths, who will play both Canberra and Melbourne in his absence, while it also puts an end to his chances of winning the Dally M award and hurts his hopes of a return to the NSW side for State of Origin.
Gould says the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, comparing the sanction to that handed out to Roosters forward Victor Radley, who escaped with a fine after successfully having a careless high tackle charge downgraded last night.
“If Latrell Mitchell deserves 4 weeks on the sideline for that incident, I am an astronaut,” Gould tweeted.
“This game just keeps finding ways to make a fool of itself.
“Really? 4 weeks? So Latrell was 4 weeks worse than Radley? I must be from another planet. Goodnight all. I’ve had enough.”
NRL counsel Peter McGrath argued that Mitchell “very carelessly flung out his left arm” and the degree of carelessness was “high to extreme”.
Gould also expressed frustration at the three week ban for Penrith’s Paul Momirovski, who was found guilty by the panel of a grade two dangerous contact charge, saying the suspension was “complete overkill” and “totally ridiculous.”
“So our system has produced a 3 week suspension for Paul Momirovski, and Victor Radley is free to play with a small fine and no suspension,” he wrote.
“Please explain. The Radley incident was an in-game penalty only.
“But by comparison, how does Momirovski get 3 weeks on sideline? It’s madness.”
Gould finished by noting that Radley shouldn’t have even been charged for his high shot on Melbourne’s Cameron Munster.
“It was only worth a penalty at the time and a warning from the ref,” he wrote.
“It wasn’t worth a sin bin. Let alone a charge and wasted time at the judiciary.”
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