This is a denial of natural justice - the right to defend yourself against claims and accusations like this. Irrespective of anything else - it is wrong !Jack de Belin is fighting to overturn a harsh, unfair and draconian playing ban that could make him virtually unemployable, his lawyer says. St George Illawarra is ready to play the 28-year-old as soon as Saturday if he wins a Federal Court challenge against his suspension this week.
De Belin was greeted in court by NRL boss Todd Greenberg on Monday as the three-day hearing to determine the legality of the NRL’s ‘no-fault stand-down policy’ got underway.
De Belin’s lawyer said the policy introduced in March is automatic, retrospective and unprecedented in any Australian sporting code.
Mr Einfeld said another absurdity is that any suspended player has no right to appeal the decision which is a “remarkable and extreme provision.” The lock’s immediate playing future is not the only career at stake with Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter Beattie’s own leadership on the line pending the landmark case.
Dragons coach Paul McGregor said if de Belin wins he would “absolutely” rejoin the club’s active roster for their round six clash against the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday night. Beattie could be forced to step away from the top job with the blowtorch to be put on the former Queensland Premier and the rest of the Commission should the rule be overturned.