Case dismissed

NEITHER Macleay Valley club nor five-eighth Nigel Hookey have been penalised after the Group 2 management committee met to discuss events that occurred in a game against Nambucca Heads on September 4.

In the absence of chief administrator Jim Anderson, a panel headed by registrar Peter O'Grady met with a deputation from the Mustangs to discuss the actions of officials following Hookey's dismissal during the game.

Anderson said parties had met to "clear the air" but no hearing with Hookey had eventuated.

Allegations about his conduct were lodged by an official from the Nambucca Heads club but were withdrawn just hours before the meeting.

"The initial witness to the alleged spitting incident declined to give evidence in the matter and withdrew his statement," Anderson said.

"Perhaps if it were a court of law the matter may have continued but that's not how it's done in league.

"The policy is not to proceed without hard evidence, otherwise it can look like a kangaroo court."

This was the final disciplinary matter before the league, bringing a tumultuous season to an end.

Going into 2012 (and beyond), one referee, five senior and nine under-18 players will continue on with substantial sentences after judiciary and management hearings this year.



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