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Further punishment for Minichiello,
Minichiello was sacked from the New South Wales camp late last week after breaking rules in relation to a mobile phone. His defiance of the rule led to the voicemail sex scandal that has rocked the game and saw Dragons centre Mark Gasnier axed from the squad.
Wing was fined by the Australian Rugby League for being among a group of players who went out on an early morning drinking session after a team bonding night last Tuesday.
The Roosters said today that strong action needed to be taken against the players.
?The Club acknowledges that both players have been penalised by the NSWRL for their actions during camp, however all players at the Sydney Roosters understand they have social responsibilities and a strict code of behaviour,? the club said in a statement.
The action was expected after St George-Illawarra set the standard by suspending Gasnier for an indefinite period despite already suffering a harsh penalty from the Australian Rugby League.
Meanwhile, Chris Johns unexpectedly maintained his position as NSW team manager today amidst strong speculation that he would be sacked.
ARL Chairman Colin Love said no management positions would change before Wednesday night?s Origin opener at Telstra Stadium, but a review of all positions is underway.
"Clearly it will be completed as quickly as possible and in time for the second match," Mr Love said.