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UPDATED: Hayne and Payne facing sideline stints
The NRL's Match Review Committee has handed down a two-match ban to Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne, while Bulldogs utility Corey Payne and Tigers lock Chris Heighington are both looking at a week off.
The suspensions of both Hayne and Payne come as a result of Friday night's fiery NRL clash at ANZ Stadium between Parramatta and Canterbury, where tensions erupted in the 27th minute. Hayne was charged with a grade 2 striking offence relating to a headbutt, while Corey Payne was hit with a grade 3 careless high tackle charge for his swinging arm tackle on Hayne, which is said to have ignited the Eels number one.
Wests Tigers lock-forward Chris Heighington will also miss one week following a grade 2 careless high tackle charge, his penalty coming from a 36th minute high shot on Titans' five-eighth Greg Bird.
Three other players - Canberra's Josh McCrone, Newcastle's Steve Southern and Cronulla's Paul Gallen were all charged with a range of offences over the weekend but will escape suspension with an early guilty plea.
UPDATE: The Parramatta Eels have advised that CEO Paul Osborne will confer with Geoff Bellew and Jarryd Hayne to decide whether they will contest his striking charge, with a decision due tomorrow (Tuesday).