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Parramatta halfback Jeremy Smith faces a minimum four weeks on the sidelines for allegedly shoving referee Sean Hampstead, while Sydney Roosters forward Lopini Paea is looking at 10 weeks for his part in a spear tackle after the NRL match review committee charged eight players today.
Smith was charged with grade five contrary conduct while Paea was hit with a grade five dangerous throw charge. Melbourne's Billy Slater, who returned from a seven-match ban on the weekend, is likely to miss two more weeks for a dangerous throw and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki is facing a six-week ban for kneeing.
St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper is another star set to be outed after being charged for a dangerous throw that will sideline him for two weeks with an early guilty plea. The Roosters also had winger Amos Roberts and lock Ashley Harrison charged with grade one dangerous throws.
South Sydney's Shannon McPherson will not miss any matches with an early plea after also copping a grade one dangerous throw charge.