2 Oct 2008

Legal action set to begin against Storm coach and CEO

6:40 pm on 2 October 2008

Melbourne's off-field dramas ahead of Sunday's national rugby league grand final have continued with members of the league's judiciary panel deciding to begin legal action against Storm coach Craig Bellamy and chief executive Brian Waldron.

The court action comes in the wake of the Melbourne pair appearing to question the panel's integrity over the suspension of captain Cameron Smith for a grapple tackle.

NRL boss David Gallop has met with judiciary members and says they're not satisfied with the situation and have indicated they want to begin legal action.

The NRL fined the Storm $50,000 after Bellamy suggested that bookmakers had received information about the likelihood of Smith being suspended.

Judiciary panel member Darrell Williams threatened legal action if no apology was forthcoming - the former Manly and Kiwis centre claiming his reputation had been tarnished by Bellamy's comments.

Bellamy says he has no regrets over his comments and has refused to apologise for them.