David Klemmer has denied claims he said he wanted to “break some legs” after copping a one-week ban at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
Canterbury forward Klemmer was found guilty of making dangerous contact with Melbourne forward Kenny Bromwich in last weekend’s trial at Belmore Sportsground but had his charge lessened by the judiciary panel from a grade two to a grade one.
That means the NSW representative will miss the Bulldogs’ season opener against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Friday March 4.
Klemmer’s ‘torpedo’ tackle on Bromwich was reportedly in response to a cannonball tackle on teammate Michael Lichaa earlier in the Dogs’ 20-0 win, amid allegations Klemmer said he was going to “break some legs”.
It was a claim denied by Klemmer after his judiciary visit.
“That was a false allegation,” Klemmer said
“They (the referees) messed up the wording, that’s not what I said.”
Klemmer was found guilty of dangerous contact by the judiciary panel of Royce Ayliffe, Chris McKenna and Mal Cochrane. However defence counsel Nick Ghabar then sought a downgrade and it was granted by the panel.
Klemmer’s earned 140 penalty points for the tackle meaning he will be free to play again in the Bulldogs’ round two match against Penrith at Pepper Stadium on Thursday March 10.