'If any of you f*** this up': Coach's furious warning to NRL players

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.
Craig Bellamy has banned social media in a fiery warning to his Melbourne players. Pic: Getty

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy is well known for having one of the fiercest tempers in rugby league and he's unleashed it in a frightening warning to his Storm stars.

Bellamy has been left exasperated by the off-field controversies that have threatened to derail the NRL's planned May 28 restart.

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Desperate to avoid a repeat of the drama that's seen Nathan Cleary, Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and Tyronne Roberts-Davis all sanctioned for breaching social distancing rules, Bellamy has reportedly let rip at his side in a fiery Zoom call this week.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Bellamy told players in no uncertain terms that they would be banned from using social media when training resumes on Monday.

“There’s a few of you guys who are out of control with social media,” Bellamy told the players.

“When you are back Monday, it’s banned.”

The veteran coach has already been dealing with the fallout involving his Storm winger, Addo-Carr, who was involved in the Taree camping trip with Rabbitohs star Mitchell that landed both players in hot water after photos emerged on social media of them breaching social distancing rules.

In his heated Zoom warning to players, Bellamy also warned his troops: “If any of you f*** this up for our club then you will have to deal with me”.

Social media use is now set to be run through the club.

Bellamy's blast comes amid widespread outrage around the four players whose actions have brought the game into disrepute.

Nathan Cleary could be hit with heavier sanction

Of the four stars that have been sanctioned for their social distancing breaches, Panthers star Cleary could face further punishment after being accused of lying about his innocence.

On Wednesday Cleary was cleared by NSW police of breaking social distancing laws despite admitting to having friends at his house on Anzac Day.

But videos have since emerged on social media of the NSW State of Origin star dancing with female friends, who ranged in age from late teens to early 20s.

On Thursday, NSW Police confirmed they had issued all five women with infringement notices, while Cleary was spoken to by police and given a warning.

Cleary initially claimed his friends came over unplanned, but has since admitted he failed to inform the integrity unit about the videos because he wasn't asked.

The NRL is again investigating the entire incident, which initially resulted in a $10,000 fine (60 per cent suspended) and a one-game ban (also suspended).

Cleary spoke to the NRL's Integrity Unit again on Thursday, and could be hit with heavier sanctions on Friday.

"I regret doing the video," Cleary told News Corp.

"If they fine me more I'll deal with that at the time."

with AAP