NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: David Klemmer of the Newcastle Knights looks on during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium on June 29, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Newcastle forward David Klemmer has been handed a suspended fine by the Knights for his involvement in an on-field altercation with club trainer Hayden Knowles during last Sunday's match against Canterbury.

Klemmer was handed a show-cause notice by the club following the disciplinary matter, with the 28-year-old stood down and unavailable to line up against the Wests Tigers for this weekend's action.

Following an investigation into the matter, the Knights and Klemmer have reached a conclusion, with the Newcastle forward handed a suspended fine by the club, with the fee undisclosed.

Klemmer has also accepted responsibility for "failing to follow direction", and resumed training with his teammates on Friday.

"The nib Newcastle Knights have today resolved disciplinary matters involving David Klemmer stemming from Sunday’s match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs," a club statement reads.

"The Newcastle Knights take all Human Resources matters very seriously, and all such matters will be treated in an identical manner.

"The club has instigated a new procedure to ensure due process and procedural fairness is consistently applied, including mediation by the Director of Football prior to escalation of any matters to the Group Chief Executive Officer or Human Resources in future."

Klemmer is likely to make his return to the field next Saturday when the Knights travel to Suncorp Stadium to face Brisbane.

1 COMMENT

  1. “The Newcastle Knights take all Human Resources matters very seriously, and all such matters will be treated in an identical manner.”

    I would have been more impressed if the club statement had included: “we acknowledge our best player was completely frustrated by ongoing lack of effort from team mates and ineffective effort from coaching staff, and that is why his punishment is suspended.”

    In the meantime, if I were DK I would looking around for somewhere else to play next year, even if it meant losing some pay.

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