Sandow accepts two-match NRL ban

Parramatta playmaker Chris Sandow will miss the next two matches after accepting an NRL ban for a shoulder charge.

Sandow took the early guilty plea for a tackle on Canterbury fullback Brett Morris in the Eels’ loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night.

The troubled No.7 may have played his last game with the Eels as he is seeking an early release from his contract to make a mid-season switch to the English Super League.

The club is willing to release Sandow from the final months of his deal but as long as he does not have to be paid out the full amount of his contract.

He is hoping to join English club Warrington before the July 25 Super League cut-off for mid-season transfers.

He is reportedly weighing up a $50,000 severance deal offered by the Eels.

His career is on thin ice after going on an expletive-laden rant on social media over the weekend which is being investigated by the NRL.

Earlier on Tuesday, Manly forward Ligi Sao was hit with a grade-one dangerous throw charge by the NRL match review committee for a tackle on North Queensland five-eighth Michael Morgan during the Sea Eagles’ 30-12 loss at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

If he submits an early guilty plea the 22-year-old will miss only the one match against the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday but if he unsuccessfully challenges at the judiciary, he’ll sit out two games.

Brisbane centre Jack Reed will miss Friday’s local derby with the Gold Coast after accepting a week’s ban for a dangerous contact charge.

Canberra forward Shannon Boyd is free to play after accepting an early guilty plea for the same charge.

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