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Mitchell Pearce just copped the heaviest fine on a player in Australian rugby league history

Mitchell Pearce speaks to the media during a press conference following the Australia Day incident. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images.

Former Sydney Roosters co-captain Mitchell Pearce has been slapped with a $125,000 fine – $50,000 of it suspended – and banned from playing in the NRL for eight weeks following a drunken incident on Australia Day.

The penalty is the biggest fine ever handed out by the league.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports his club was hoping for a three to four week ban and a fine of $200,000. The NRL wanted him sidelined for 10-12 weeks.

Following negioations, and taking the suspended fine into consideration, Pearce walks away with a $75,000 fine and will remain on the bench until round nine.

The fullback recently returned from a month at a rehabilitation clinic in northern Thailand. Pearce said he will abstain from drinking alcohol in the future.

Last month, a heavily intoxicated Pearce was filmed simulating sex with a dog.

The club is now looking into whether charges against the person who filmed the incident, which was in a private home, can be made.

Following the controversy NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley said Pearce would still be considered a contender for the State of Origin this year.

The SMH has more.

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