Paul Gallen and Peter FitzSimons have locked horns live on air over Addin Fonua-Blake’s referee outburst.
Fonua-Blake copped a two match suspension along with a $20,000 fine after he abused referee Grant Atkins by calling him a “f***ing retard”.
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The NRL charged the Manly Sea Eagles forward with breaching the game’s anti-vilification code after he was also accused of labelling the whistleblowers “spastics” as he walked through the stadium tunnel back to the Manly dressing rooms.
On Sunday the incident caused heated scenes between Gallen and FitzSimons as they broke it down with Gallen pointing the finger at Manly officials on Channel 9’s Sports Sunday.
“Manly officials and Addin Fonua-Blake should’ve known just to get him in the changing rooms,” Gallen said.
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“The fact that he was even in the area and allowed to mouth off again, that’s where the issue laid for me.
“What happened on the field, happened on the field. If you’re caught saying those things, you’ll be punished accordingly, and he was.
“It’s done now and we should move on.”
Addin Fonua-Blake protests with the refereeSource:FOX SPORTS
FitzSimons however wasn’t on board with Gallen’s take and couldn’t understand how the player didn’t understand the words he was saying were derogatory. But Gallen hit back. Here’s the complete exchange between the two.
Paul Gallen: “We don’t all live up here in Fitzy’s ivory tower, mate.
“Down here in the real world, some things happen and are said in the heat of the moment. He said the wrongs things and he’s been punished for it.”
Peter FitzSimons: “How can you believe that? That’s absurd,” he fired back.
“If he didn’t know that these terms are derogatory, then why did he use them?
“If these terms had as much force as saying ‘you’re an apple’ or ‘you’re a carrot’ then why did he use them?”
P.G: He’s probably heard them before from other people.
“I’m not agreeing with these terms and what he said, what I’m saying is that in the heat of the moment on the field, I can understand a blow up. He’s had a blow up, and now he’s being punished for it.”
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