Eels' Edwards banned for seven games, fined

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Parramatta Eels forward Kenny Edwards has been handed a seven-game ban and heavy fine after pleading guilty to common assault.

Edwards, 27, was charged with domestic violence last December and admitted to splashing liquid on his former partner, but no conviction was recorded.

The Eels announced on Friday they had reached an agreement with the NRL to ban Edwards for the first seven matches of the season.

He has also been fined 60,000 Australian dollars, to be deducted from his salary over the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.

Edwards and his manager have accepted the punishment.

The Eels said they needed to "show support to Kenny and his family from a rehabilitative perspective - he is part of our Parramatta Eels family" and "exercise fair and reasonable discipline in order to reinforce to Kenny that we all need to take personal responsibility for our actions and behave to certain standards in accordance with our club values of integrity, respect and excellence".

Parramatta begin their 2017 season against the Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday.