Auckland, New Zealand, May 01, 2007 â€“ Vodafone Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon has taken an early guilty plea on a grade three contrary conduct charge arising from Sundayâ€™s NRL clash against South Sydney at Telstra Stadium.
McKINNON TAKES EARLY GUILTY PLEA ON CONTRARY CONDUCT CHARGE
McKinnon was charged with making contact with referee Jason Robinson in the 74th minute of the match.
By entering a guilty plea, McKinnon will miss the Vodafone Warriorsâ€™ next two games against Cronulla at home this Saturday night and Newcastle away a week later.
â€œIâ€™m shattered about this and extremely disappointed that itâ€™s happened,â€ said McKinnon.
â€œIâ€™ve been playing in the NRL for six and half seasons now and have never had any judicial trouble before so itâ€™s devastating for this to happen to me.
â€œThe contact I made was totally accidental. Thatâ€™s all I can say about it. Iâ€™m not denying the charge but there was no intent in it, no malice. I was just running across covering our line.
â€œBut after talking with the club I understand the process and that contact with the referee canâ€™t be accepted.â€
Vodafone Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah said McKinnon had the clubâ€™s full support.
â€œItâ€™s really unfortunate for Wade. It was obviously an accident,â€ he said.
â€œBut we realise there was contact so the charge has been admitted.â€
McKinnon said he would give his replacement as much support as possible but couldnâ€™t wait to return to the side, hopefully for the home match against Wests Tigers on May 20.
(Warriors media release.)