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Levy and Riddell call for lifetime NRL bans for domestic violence

Manly Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Friday after what is alleged to have stemmed from a domestic dispute with his fiance

Walker is the latest and most high profile NRL player to be in potential legal trouble Zane Musgrove from the Wests Tigers, Liam Coleman from the Penrith Panthers and Jarryd Hayne who’s due in court this morning charged with sexual assault earlier this year in the Hunter Valley.

Speaking on the Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast show this morning, host Mark Levy called for the NRL and AFL “needs a zero tolerance approach to these matters, by that I mean, if a player is found guilty by a jury, a magistrate or a judge, they should never be allowed to play professional sport.”

“These athletes are role models and respected figures in the community — well, once they’re convicted, they’re criminals and we don’t want those people in the game — forget about these second chances. The NRL boss Todd Greenberg and the AFL boss Gil McLachlan need to start showing they’re committed to the fight against domestic and alcohol fueled violence and bring in a zero tolerance approach.” Levy continued.

Co-host and former NRL player Mark Riddell weighed in on the debate adding, “I think when it comes to domestic violence, if the NRL are going to be so strong in their support for White Ribbon Day and (stopping) domestic violence against women you cannot give players who are found guilty and have gone through the whole court process, they cannot give them a second chance. I don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s right at all.”

“You know what irks me more, is when the NRL comes out with all this ‘we’re supporting white ribbon we’re marching, we’re walking down the streets’ and then they continue to let players, who are found guilty, back into our game”, Riddell continued.

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