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Gallen fined for using expletive in tweet re NRL

October 27, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales captain Paul Gallen has been 50,000 Australian dollars ($44,000) and provisionally suspended from representing Australia for using an expletive in a social media post about the National Rugby League’s handling of officials at his club, the Cronulla Sharks.

Gallen, who is among a dozen current or former Cronulla players serving a suspension relating to the use of performance-enhancing substances in the club’s supplements program in 2011, posted a tirade against the NRL on Twitter while on holidays in Hawaii.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith said Gallen received the maximum fine for the offense, and would be ineligible for Kangaroos selection in 2015 unless he completed a leadership course. Speculation has grown that his captaincy of the New South Wales state of origin team is in jeopardy.

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