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NRL slaps Addin Fonua-Blake with a whopping $20,000 fine after he called a referee a ‘retard’ 

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NRL hothead Addin Fonua-Blake has been hit with a massive $20,000 fine for calling a referee a ‘f**king retard’ after the siren sounded on Sunday’s clash with the Newcastle Knights.

The Manly Sea Eagles prop was furious his side were not awarded a penalty in the final moments of the game after a last-ditch attacking raid.

He was seething with anger at the controversial call and went on a foul-mouthed tirade against referee Grant Atkins using the derogatory slur for those in the disabled community.

Along with the hefty financial penalty, the father-of-four will also receive two weeks on the sidelines.

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Addin Fonua-Blake (pictured) has been hit with a $20,000 fine for calling a referee a 'f**king retard' after the Manly Sea Eagles went down to the Newcastle Knights on Sunday

Addin Fonua-Blake (pictured) has been hit with a $20,000 fine for calling a referee a ‘f**king retard’ after the Manly Sea Eagles went down to the Newcastle Knights on Sunday

NRL acting CEO Andrew Abdo said the money from the fine will be donated to Wheelchair Rugby League Australia to buy new wheelchairs.

When the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved, the Tongan international has also promised to donate his time to refereeing in order to gain a better understanding and respect of disability groups.

‘Education and rehabilitation is also part of the opportunity we have in sport to make people’s lives better,’ Mr Abdo said on the NRL’s website.

The Manly Sea Eagles prop (pictured, right with wife Anahere, left) was furious his side were not awarded a penalty in the final moments of the game after a last-ditch attacking raid

The Manly Sea Eagles prop (pictured, right with wife Anahere, left) was furious his side were not awarded a penalty in the final moments of the game after a last-ditch attacking raid

‘I believe Addin will positively change because of this experience, spending time with the Northern Beaches wheelchair rugby league which is part of that local community.

‘It’s also an opportunity to change people’s lives within that community and that is the way in which we’ve approached this.’

Fonua-Blake has since apologised for his outburst following the narrow two-point loss.

‘In the heat of the moment I acted out in a split second. I shouldn’t have said what I said. I let my emotions get the best of me,’ the 24-year-old said.

‘Later, I went and approached the ref and I said I am very sorry. I made myself look bad and the club look bad and it’s not who I am.’

The Manly Sea Eagles prop (pictured with wife Anahere) was furious his side were not awarded a penalty and unleashed a tirade

The Manly Sea Eagles prop (pictured with wife Anahere) was furious his side were not awarded a penalty and unleashed a tirade

The Northern Beaches rugby league club has also gone into damage control after a incident.

‘The distress and offence caused to people with a disability and their loved ones by the language used by Addin Fonua-Blake on Sunday is totally unacceptable,’ Manly CEO Stephen Humphreys said in a statement.

‘Addin continues to acknowledge his mistake, express his remorse as well as his deep regret for what he did and he now fully understands the offence his words caused to so many people,’ he said.

As a result of the incident, Mr Abdo will recommend to the ARL Commission that the match review committee guidelines should be simplified to include a mandatory referral to the judiciary for all abuse and intimidation of match officials, above common dissent.

Addin Fonua-Blake (pictured) is hit in a heavy tackle by three Newcastle Knights players in the round eight NRL clash on Sunday

Addin Fonua-Blake (pictured) is hit in a heavy tackle by three Newcastle Knights players in the round eight NRL clash on Sunday

‘Abuse of match officials is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. A mandatory referral to the judiciary for any matters of abuse will ensure penalties meet community expectations,’ he said.

‘Our match officials have the toughest job in the game and there is absolutely no tolerance for abuse towards them.’

After last week’s loss to the knights, the Sea Eagles are currently sitting outside the top eight in 10th position on the ladder.

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