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Adrian Morley could find himself sitting on the sidelines for the next six-months with the Rugby Football League (RFL) threatening to put a worldwide six month ban on the player following his serious drink-driving offence in Salford recently.
Morley, who only just returned to pre-season training with the Roosters, is expected to be charged for bringing the game into disrepute with his action.
Officials at the English league's headquarters in Leeds are furious that his actions caused immense embarrassment to the Great Britain and Ireland Lions team sponsor, as well as Tour Sponsor, the Department of Transport, and their Think-Don't Drink Drive campaign (The British government version of the Motor Accident Authorities? Arrive Alive drink-driving campaign here in Australia)
The drink driving charge was Morley?s second, with the forward being charged for the same offence in 2001 and being banned from driving for a year. This time around he has been banned from getting behind the wheel of a car for three years by British courts.
Morley?s blood alcohol content was 83 units, which is more than three times the British legal limit of 25 units (Blood alcohol content of 0.17 in Australia).
English rugby league spokesman John Huxley said the incident had been fully investigated.
"The RFL takes a very poor view of any actions of this sort by a contracted international player," he told The Daily Telegraph from Leeds.
"We have been in contact with the Roosters to inform them that a charge could be brought next week - and the maximum penalty could be a six-month ban from the game.
"That would mean a worldwide ban," he added.
Roosters chairman Nick Politis was last night dismissive of the proposed new charges against Morley by the English Rugby League.
"If Morley is banned from playing in Sydney then they had better get ready to ban a few more," Politis said.
"I can think of 10 people who have been in similar situations, including some CEOs."