NRL Hands Down Whopping $250,000 Fine Over Bulldogs Mad Monday Function

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NRL Hands Down Whopping $250,000 Fine Over Bulldogs Mad Monday Function

In breaking news, the NRL have fined the Bulldogs a whopping $250,000 over the Mad Monday antics.

The NRL released a statement, and said the severe penalty was a reflection of the "seriousness of the behaviour and the damage which has been caused to the game".

The club organised the event and failed to implement the most basic of measures to ensure it was conducted in an appropriate way. The club’s failure to manage the event followed specific directives to all clubs to ensure these type of events do not damage our game. The players’ behaviour embarrassed themselves, their club and the game on the eve of the Finals Series.

- Todd Greenberg

Further points outlined by the NRL concerned the fact that the club itself was involved in the event.

The penalty proposed by the NRL has been influenced strongly by the fact that the club organised the event, senior club officials were present and some of the activities took place in an area which is in view of the general public.

- NRL statement

The club's response to this notice will be taken into account when the final penalty is determined.

The actions of some players and officials was inexcusable and we are determined to send a message that it will not be tolerated on this occasion – or in the future. There has been a real improvement in player behaviour this year – and we should all acknowledge that. But to have this kind of incident on the eve of our finals is more than disappointing and there has to be a deterrent to ensure we have no repeat of this behaviour.

- Todd Greenberg