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Newcastle officially to appeal Perry
Newcastle has officially decided to appeal the one-match suspension of prop Josh Perry for raking the face of Wests Tigers centre Terry Hill.
Brady says the judge will call on judiciary commissioner Jim Hall to make a submission in light of the appeal and decide if there are grounds to proceed to an appeals tribunal hearing. If required, the three-man appeals tribunal will sit as soon as possible and hopefully before Newcastle's match against Melbourne at Olympic Park on Saturday.
The tribunal will be comprised of a player's representative, a referee's representative and an independent chairman.
Perry was found guilty of contrary conduct at the NRL judiciary last night after facing an allegation of eye-gouging Hill in a match at EnergyAustralia Stadium last Saturday.
Perry's absence has come at a bad time for Newcastle. The team has named a line-up featuring a host of rookies and devoid of five internationals, including captain Andrew Johns, to tackle Melbourne on Saturday.