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Paul Gallen slams Phil Gould's 'CRAZY' idea to suspend James Tamou's ban for foul-mouthed spray

Paul Gallen condemns Phil Gould’s ‘crazy’ idea to suspend James Tamou’s ban and warns NRL will open ‘can of worms’ if Tiger’s skipper can escape punishment due to his track record

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Paul Gallen has called the suggestion that James Tamou could escape punishment for his outburst ‘crazy’ after Phil Gould called for the Wests Tigers skipper not to be suspended for swearing at referee Ben Cummins.

Tamou was banned by Cummins during the Tigers’ embarrassing 72-6 on Saturday by the Sydney Roosters, before getting his marching orders for calling the umpire ‘f***ing incompetent’.

Tamou faces a two-game early plea suspension that could effectively end his career. The Tigers prop has not been signed by any club for 2023 and at 34 years old, retirement could be knocking on his door.

James Tamou gets his marching orders from Referee Ben Cummins for his foul-mouthed spray

James Tamou gets his marching orders from Referee Ben Cummins for his foul-mouthed spray

The Tigers will go to court on Tuesday night in hopes of lowering the charges to a one-game suspension, which would make Tamou available for the Wests’ last game of the season at home to Canberra on September 4.

And Gould believes the NRL should show leniency to the one-time premiership winner given the circumstances.

“Two to three weeks’ suspension for Tamou’s outburst is appropriate. Must be discouraged,” he tweeted.

“However, NRL should suspend this sentence because of Tamou’s exemplary career, the fact that this incident was totally out of character, there is no chance of a repeat, his immediate regrets and apologies were sincere.”

The Tigers captain faces a two-game suspension with an early plea that could put an end to his NRL career as the 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Tigers captain faces a two-game suspension with an early plea that could put an end to his NRL career as the 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Tigers captain faces a two-game suspension with an early plea that could put an end to his NRL career as the 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.

Gallen has resolutely reversed the idea, however, warning that it could set a dangerous precedent.

“As much as I like James and I sympathize with the situation he’s in, that idea is just crazy,” the Cronulla great wrote in his Nine column on Monday.

“You can’t just let someone go because they’re a good guy and at the end of their career.

“I really feel sorry for him, but as the saying goes, if you’re committing the crime, take your time. We’ve seen players miss major finals through suspension, as we begin to introduce the ‘good guy’ exemption that opens up a whole new can of worms.”

Phil Gould has called on the NRL to show leniency to Tamou and give his record

Phil Gould has called on the NRL to show leniency to Tamou and give his record

Phil Gould has called on the NRL to show leniency to Tamou and give his record

But Paul Gallen has warned the NRL could set a dangerous precedent by letting the Tigers skipper get away with a one-match ban

But Paul Gallen has warned the NRL could set a dangerous precedent by letting the Tigers skipper get away with a one-match ban

But Paul Gallen has warned the NRL could set a dangerous precedent by letting the Tigers skipper get away with a one-match ban

Tamou, for his part, was quick to apologize for the outburst, admitted frustration had gotten the better of him and insisted he had no intention of offending Cummins.

“First of all, I apologize for my actions towards Ben Cummins – she… [the referees] are doing a great job,” he said after the game.

“The frustration got the better of me, the emotions got the better of me and I will bear any criticism, I will be responsible for my actions.

“I’ve let everyone down, I’ve let myself down. I am ashamed. I’ve let a lot of people down.’

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