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Mitchell Pearce apologised for 'unacceptable' behaviour, says Trent Robinson

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson would not be drawn on whether he thought Mitchell Pearce should be sacked for his drunken Australia Day antics, but said his behaviour was completely "unacceptable".

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Robinson said Pearce had apologised to him for the incident which was caught on camera and aired on Nine Network's A Current Affair on Wednesday night.

The footage depicted the Chooks' co-captain making advances on a woman, simulating a sex act with a dog as well as allegedly urinating on himself and a couch.

Testing times: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.
Testing times: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson. Photo: Jessica Hromas

"I've had discussions with him both yesterday and this morning and that will continue," Robinson told a large media contingent outside Roosters headquarters on Thursday morning.

"His behaviour was unacceptable, we understand that. At the Roosters we can't accept that - we won't - but over the next couple of days we'll come to a conclusion with the NRL.

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"After the incident on Wednesday night, we, the Sydney Roosters, found that Mitchell's behaviour was unacceptable and that's why he's been stood down up until this matter is resolved.

"We've discussed it with players and we're going through discussions with the NRL so that's the next course of action. I can't really comment on anything else until that's resolved with the NRL."

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Asked if he could give a fair reason as to why Pearce should not be sacked on the spot, Robinson said he was not going to discuss the matter further given the incident is still being investigated by the club as well as the NRL.

"It's too difficult to make a comment on that at the moment," Robinson said.

"I know people have their views and that's your [journalists'] jobs to do that, but for us at this time it's between us and the NRL to resolve and we'll let you know when that time comes."

The footage - which was heavily promoted during Nine's Wednesday night news bulletin as "some of the most disgraceful behaviour you have ever seen from a footy star" - quickly went viral.

The Roosters and the NRL were aware of the existence of the video and the governing body asked for an urgent report into the incident. The matter has been referred to the NRL's Integrity Unit.

ARL Commission Chairman John Grant was similarly cagey when grilled by reporters over the body's response to the incident, saying: "Well you learn in this game to wait and see."

"We'll continue to do that and see what the Roosters do next," he concluded.

He refused to be drawn on questions over the Roosters' lack of a CEO, and whether he thought that Pearce should be ejected from the NRL in a short interview.

with Adrian Proszenko

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