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Manly Sea Eagles NRL club have sacked winger John Hopoate after he was suspended for 17 matches by NRL judiciary panel for his forearm king-hit to the head of Sharks forward Keith Galloway.
Earlier in the day, Hopoate had entered a guilty plea to striking charge but still had to face the judiciary to receive his penalty.
It is the third lengthy suspension of his career ? amongst others ? which included an eight week ban last year for abusing an official.
The Sea Eagles terminated Hopoate's contract immediately after the sentence was handed down.