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Tamou facing season-ending ban

Wests Tigers captain James Tamou is facing a season-ending suspension after being sent off in the final minute of his team's 72-6 loss to the Roosters on Saturday night.

The 304-gamer has been charged with Grade 3 Contrary Conduct after being sent off for dissent directed towards referee Ben Cummins. 

Tamou was initially sin-binned but then sent off, and now faces a two-match ban with an early guilty plea, or three matches if found guilty at the judiciary. 

A remorseful Tamou fronted up to the official media conference minutes after the incident to issue an apology.

“First of all, I apologise for my actions towards Ben Cummins. The match officials do a terrific job,” Tamou said.

“It obviously wasn’t directed at him but the frustrations got the better of me, the emotions got the better of me.

“I will wear any criticism; I will be accountable for my actions.

Obviously, the actions aren’t acceptable towards the jersey, the club, and the players, who are trying their backsides off."

James Tamou

"I probably took the easy way out instead of shaking their hand and looking them in the eye.

“I have got to wear that now and wear the criticism. I have got four kids at home and that is how they see their dad act. I’ve let everyone down, I’ve let myself down. I am embarrassed. I have let a lot of people down.”

The club and Tamou has until midday on Monday to issue a plea.

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