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Repercussions expected for Goulds
Former NSW rugby league coach Phil Gould faces disciplinary action for swearing in the Origin III post-match media conference on Wednesday night.
The NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) board will meet on July 20 to review a transcript of Gould's comments before deciding if any punishment is appropriate.
The colourful and controversial coach is likely to be fined for his parting shot at the media after he officially retired as Blues coach following NSW's series-clinching victory over Queensland at Telstra Stadium.
"What I've done over the last three years, I don't want any raps for," Gould said at the press conference.
"I don't deserve the shit youse fucking give me. Not one word of it."
NSWRL general manager Geoff Carr said it was initially feared the league would not have the power to discipline Gould because he had retired as Blues coach.
But Carr explained the NSWRL board could impose a penalty at its next meeting on July 20 when it reviews the Origin series, won 2-1 by the Blues.
"It was felt we should include this (Gould's comments) as part of that review process," Carr said.
"Under our rules if there's to be any penalties or sanctions they can only be imposed by the (NSWRL) board.
"I haven't got the power. It's a board decision."Gould apologised on Channel Nine last night for swearing at the press conference, a fact Carr said the board would take into account.
"It's not illegal for a media personality to criticise other media personalities - they do it for a living," Carr added.
"He hasn't attacked an official of the game. It'll basically come back to the swearing.
"Gus has acknowledged himself by his apology that that was inappropriate."