The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have released the following statements in response to the NRL’s Breach Notice findings.
The NRL confirmed the Dogs would be fined $125,000 with another $125,000 suspended, with the suspended fine to be imposed should there be another code of conduct breach inside the next two years.
Canterbury’s CEO Andrew Hill, Chair Lynne Anderson and head coach Dean Pay all spoke on the issue.
Their statements can be read below, and seen on their website.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill accepted the NRL’s response to the recent Breach Notice pertaining to the club : “Having worked closely with the NRL in regards to our response to the recent Breach Notice that was handed down we feel that as a club we have acted swiftly and decisively to both review the events of the day and to put in place improved procedures to make sure that this does not happen again.
Bulldogs Chair Lynne Anderson also stated that she felt that the club had learnt from the experience:
“We acknowledge that some of the behaviours on the day were a poor look for the club and the game and we have reviewed everything that took place to make sure that we learn from it. What we also need to remember here, however, is that good people will sometimes make mistakes and that should not take away from the fact that these same people have done a great deal in the community on behalf of the club and will continue to do so. They are part of our family at the club and we will always support them through any difficult times.”
Head Coach Dean Pay also said that the club would learn from the experience:
“There is no doubt that everyone at our club has learnt a great deal from the events of recent times. When something like this happens you have to take stock and put in place structures to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. There is no doubt that the images from the day were a bad look for everyone involved and it means that we have to take responsibility for it and learn from it. We also need to remember that this is not representative of us as a club and what we stand for.”