NRL defer McKinnon tackle hearing

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The NRL said today it would defer a hearing into the incident which resulted in an injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon out of respect to the player and his family.

NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, said the focus should be solely on Alex’s treatment and welfare at this time.

The NRL Match Review Committee today decided to refer a dangerous throw charge against Melbourne Storm player Jordan McLean to the NRL Judiciary because of the serious injury arising from the tackle.

Mr Greenberg said no date has been set for the hearing.

“Our immediate priority is to throw our support behind Alex and his family and to hope for a full recovery,” Mr Greenberg said.

“A date will be determined for Jordan’s hearing after we consult with the Melbourne and Newcastle clubs.

“Jordan will be stood down from this week’s match in Perth and until the matter is heard in line with the NRL’s rules. However, the Storm have the right under the rules to seek leave from the NRL Judiciary Chairman for Jordan to play.

“It is undoubtedly a distressing time for Jordan as well but the NRL has to apply the rules and determine whether a breach has occurred. 

“The Match Review Committee believes it is in the best interests of all for the hearing to be held in the Judiciary forum where all the information can be presented openly and transparently.

“But, out of respect for Alex and his family, that hearing should not be held at this time.”  

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