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Bulldogs dump club legends for a bankrupt who’s banned from the game

Bulldogs legend Steve Mortimer has been dumped from the Canterbury Leagues Club board, to be replaced with a junior trainer who’s been banned from the game.

James Marroun is serving a six-year ban for abusing a 14-year-old boy at a junior rugby league game, allegedly threatening the child’s life.

Mr Marroun is also a former bankrupt carpenter and builder.

New football club Chair Lynne Anderson and her directors can nominate four positions on the Leagues Club board and chose Mr Marroun over Mortimer, a four-time Bulldogs Premiership winner.

Another club great and former international, Doctor George Peponis, has also been put on the scrap heap by Ms Anderson, forced out of his beloved Bulldogs.

Ray speaks with leading journalists Phil Rothfield from News Corp and Kate McClymont from Fairfax, about the situation.

All three have slammed the decision with Ray saying it’s inexcusable.

“I’d say to all Canterbury Leagues Clubs members, if George Peponis and Steve ‘Turvey’ Mortimer aren’t on the board, you deserve what you get in every respect.”

Following their chat James Marroun phoned the program, claiming he’s been hard done by.

“I’ve got nothing to hide.

“Lynne knew about my suspension last year and in relation to my bankruptcy… she actually knew and it’s been a discussion.”

Click PLAY below to hear James’ call to Ray

Ray passed the story to Minister for Liquor, Gaming and Racing Paul Toole to investigate.

The minister responded with this statement:

“Liquor & Gaming NSW is monitoring this weekend’s elections for positions on the Board of Canterbury Bankstown Leagues Club.

Under the NSW Registered Clubs Act, board members are required to be “fit and proper” to hold such positions.

Clubs that breach the law in this regard can face sanctions including disciplinary action and financial penalties.

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming has the power to appoint an administrator to replace a club board in cases where it determines that a club board has ceased to be effective.”

 

Click PLAY below to hear Ray’s earlier chat with Phil Rothfield and Kate McClymont

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