Knights considering appeal against NRL fine over Elliot injury


Newcastle Knights are considering launching an appeal after being fined 50,000 Australian dollars for breaching the NRL's head injury rules following an incident involving Brendan Elliot.

The NRL strugglers were last month hit with a $100,000 punishment after Elliot was allowed to play on without a head-injury assessment despite taking a nasty blow during the round-three loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs.

That fine for a breach of rules on concussion has now been reduced to $50,000, with the same amount suspended by the NRL, and the club is mulling over whether to contest the decision.

A statement released by the Knights said: "The NRL today finalised the Newcastle Knights' sanction for a breach of the head injury rules in Round 3.

"The club received a significantly reduced $50,000 fine, with $50,000 now suspended.

"Despite the reduction, the club remains disappointed and will now consider the appeal process. 

"When the matter is finalised, the club will make a public statement."