Parramatta’s woes with troubled Parramatta playmaker Chris Sandow have been compounded as he faces an NRL ban of up to three weeks for a shoulder charge.
Denied a release by the club and already in hot water over an expletive-laden rant on social media, halfback Sandow was cited by the match review committee on Monday for a grade two shoulder charge on Canterbury star Brett Morris during the Eels’ 28-4 loss on Friday night.
He will be sidelined for two weeks with an early guilty plea and three should he unsuccessfully contest it at the judiciary.
The volatile No.7 has sought a release to join English Super League club Warrington but the club was not prepared to let him go if still required to pay out the rest of his contract.
Each day appears to bring the matter closer to crisis point.
Parramatta great Peter Sterling on Sunday declared that Sandow, who is off-contract at the end of the year, should never wear the Eels jumper again following his poor performance against the Bulldogs.
And the NRL asked the club to provide an explanation after his Facebook post on Saturday night, which appeared to be directed at the club and was quickly deleted.
Meanwhile Broncos centre Jack Reed is facing a one-week suspension, even with an early guilty plea, after being charged with dangerous contact with the head or neck of the Wests Tigers’ Mitchell Moses.
Canberra prop Shannon Boyd can avoid a one-week suspension for the same charge with an early guilty plea.
Gold Coast’s Nate Myles was not charged after allegedly kneeing Newcastle’s Kurt Gidley in the face in a tackle.
Gidley claimed Myles should have been penalised while the Titans skipper explained he was getting up to play the ball quickly when he made contact.