Wasn't the court case about due process in suspending the GO5 before advising them of their penalty and giving them the chance to respond and didn't the court rule that the NRL followed acceptable practice within both their own rules and the law? Same as in an employment scenario where staff can be suspended from duties pending an investigation in which they have a chance to respond to allegations. Unfortunately the issue at heart is that the NRL is a very public entity/organisation and therefore more people are interested in it than in what happens when the checkout gal at Coles lifts a pack of ciggies. As I recall, there was no court case regarding the clubs penalties and lack of due process. Everyone knows the breach notice announced was interim and the club had a chance to respond (and did) before the final penalty is delivered.