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Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Rugby league Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Canberra have blasted the NRL’s decision to overrule the Raiders’ penalty for fullback Jack Wighton, who has pleaded guilty to five assault charges from a night out. news Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook NRL Support The Guardian The Raiders proposed a six-week ban for the 25-year-old on Monday, but the NRL deemed the penalty not harsh enough and added a further four weeks to ensure Wighton will not play again during the regular season.Raiders chairman Allan Hawke fired back at the NRL’s treatment of the situation, calling their ban “excessive” as Wighton still faces sentencing in November.“After reviewing all of the facts surrounding this incident we firmly stand by our decision and the punishment handed down by the club,” Hawke said. “We’re disappointed to learn the NRL does not agree with this punishment and feel they have to come over the top and add a further four weeks and a monetary fine [of $30,000] to the penalty.“We are perplexed as to why the NRL felt the need to impose further punishment before this process was concluded and it sets an extraordinary precedent to the way matters are handled by clubs in the future.“In light of this, it appears clubs don’t really have a role in imposing penalties on their own employees, so perhaps it’s time for the NRL and its integrity unit to decide these matters, so that there will be a consistent approach for future offences.”The only way Wighton could play again this year is if the Raiders, who sit three games outside of the top-eight, make the finals. He has five days to appeal the penalty.NRL CEO Todd Greenberg had made it clear that he didn’t agree with the Raiders’ stance, suggesting the club could be overruled. “It’s simple as this – I’ve viewed the footage and I don’t think the sanction they’ve proposed is strong enough,” Greenberg said on Thursday.Wighton will face sentencing on 14 November over five charges of assault, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one of public urination. He changed his plea to guilty in June after initially looking to contest the charges when he first fronted the ACT Magistrates Court in April.The maximum penalty for assault occasioning actual bodily harm is a five-year jail sentence. Share on WhatsApp Daly Cherry-Evans emerges as the man to take Queensland forward Australia sport