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‘The game is much bigger than any individual’: NRL boss Todd Greenberg stands by Jack de Belin ruling

NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg insists the game’s new “no-fault stand-down” policy doesn’t take away the presumption of innocence.

Players charged with crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 11 or more years will automatically be stood down until the case is resolved.

St George-Illawarra and NSW Origin player Jack de Belin is the first player to be stood down under the policy, after being charged with aggravated sexual assault.

The 27-year-old has pleaded not guilty and insists he is innocent.

Mr Greenberg tells Alan Jones “the game is much bigger than any individual player” and needs to be protected.

“That doesn’t provide any assessment of his guilt or not.

“But it is a very serious charge and our view is that the game can’t withstand that level of pressure during that period of time.”

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