Gallen blames alcohol and abusive fans for his Twitter attack on NRL officials.
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Paul Gallen says alcohol and abusive NRL fans led to his Twitter attack on the NRL last month.
Gallen was hit with a $50,000 fine after directing an expletive-laden tweet at NRL officials while holidaying in Hawaii.
The Cronulla captain told Triple M radio: “I was out at a restaurant going through my Instagram feed and I had a photo with an Australian.
“Turns out he was from Queensland and he had a crack at me on the actual photo and that’s what annoyed me.
“I went out and met Pearcey (Sydney Roosters player Mitchell Pearce) later on, had a few drinks and this topic came up and I was talking about it.
“It got me upset, then more drinks and as I was leaving the pub late at night, I got heckled by a bunch of Australians.
“I got back in the hotel, the WIFI came on the phone and Noycey (Cronulla CEO Steve Noyce) had been sacked.
“It upset me. I wrote the tweet in the foyer of my hotel, I got up to my room and deleted it but it had already got out there.”
Gallen has appealed the fine handed down to him by the NRL, saying the amount was excessive.