Wests Tigers can expect a suspended fine over Benji Marshall’s biosecurity breach, though Peter V’landys admits lapses are inevitable.
ARCL chairman V’landys says the club will likely be treated the same as Canterbury, who last week received a suspended fine of $25,000 for a breach involving club legend Terry Lamb.
The television reporter who Marshall greeted with a kiss on the cheek outside training on Wednesday has subsequently tested negative for coronavirus, allowing the veteran out of quarantine to return to training on Friday.
“They’ll probably be treated the same as the Bulldogs,” V’landys told 2GB.
“There’s going to be these lapses in concentration, but the risk is minimal because of the infection rate being so low in the community.
“I don’t think we need to be alarmist on it. It’s an oversight, it could happen to any of us..
“We need to have deterrence in place for the clubs to obey the biosecurity measures.
“The government’s been kind enough to allow us to conduct our competition under strict biosecurity measures and we have to honour our part of the deal.”
Meanwhile, V’landys has discouraged players’ families from attending planned protests this weekend to uphold the safety of the competition.
Ashleigh Sims and Nikki Fifita, wives of players Tariq Sims and Andrew Fifita, attended the Black Lives Matter protests in Sydney last weekend along with thousands of other people.
The NRL has advised that should anyone within the biosecurity-approved households attend the rallies, the player or staff member would need to be isolated until tested in order to continue playing without breaching the strict protocols.
“We’ve done a deal with the NSW government on biosecurity measures and we gave our assurances that we’re no to zero risk, and we want to continue that,”‘ V’landys said.
“If you give your undertaking to an agreement with government, you honour it at all lengths and that’s what we’re going to do.
“We’re going to make sure that all these biosecurity measures are implemented and obeyed.”