Ex-NRL star Krisnan Inu has been banned for two months and fined a month's wages by UK club Salford over a social media post backing former Eels teammate Jarryd Hayne.
The Red Devils carried out an investigation after the former Canterbury and Parramatta player spoke out in support of Hayne, who was jailed in May for sexual assault.
A Salford disciplinary panel concluded the 34-year-old former New Zealand international had brought the club into disrepute.
"Inu has been fined four weeks' salary and will be suspended from play for two months commencing from the original suspension day," a statement said.
"Furthermore, Inu will be attending a mandatory education program which is currently being developed in conjunction with the University of Salford.
"The program will cover comms, social media protocol and wider community and social issues to better prepare players with social engagement.
"The club currently has wide-ranging regulations regarding appropriate behaviour and are looking to expand on these with mandatory workshops relating to consent, respect and inclusivity for all Salford Red Devils players and staff.
"We believe that the best way to affect cultural change is through education and development and we will publish more details about this program as they become available."
Salford say Inu, who has not played for the club since April, had apologised for any offence caused and appreciates the language he used may have been misinterpreted.
In a statement issued through the club, Inu said: "I deeply apologise for the comments made in my social media postings on May 6.
"By the inappropriate use of language, my remarks were open to misinterpretation and have caused offence and disrepute to my club Salford Red Devils and the RFL.
"Along with the club, I will not condone any violence against another person and truly believe that any such victim should receive appropriate support."
The Rugby Football League separately found Inu guilty of misconduct but, in view of the club's actions, decided not to impose any additional sanction.
However, the RFL says it reserves the right to impose further and more severe sanctions in the event of repeated, similar offences.