Gallen unleashes on league great over Xerri call

Former Sharks skipper Paul Gallen has unleashed a withering spray on league great Mark 'Spudd' Carroll after Carroll accused him of backing Bronson Xerri.

Carroll slammed Gallen for his comments following Bronson Xerri's positive test for banned substances, saying the Sharks great defended Xerri's actions while referencing Gallen and the Sharks' supplements scandal.

"I can't believe this kid did this and now Gallen wants to back him and say that it was okay," he told 2GB Drive.

"Are you cracking jokes? Mate, you don't take drugs. If you want to take drugs, you don't play our game.

Paul Gallen

"Gallen, he got slapped on the wrist for what he did, he got away with it, and this kid is going to have to pay the penalty."

However, Gallen took offence to Carroll's comments, accusing him of being two-faced and talking behind his back.

"First of all, 'for what I did', we all know it was a club-run program where players were duped and doped," he told 2GB's Wide World of Sports Radio.

"I was one of 16 players to have pleaded guilty and I bet you that goose couldn't name another two or three players.

Bronson Xerri of the Sharks during an NRL training session

"I just love the big tough guy with the big mouth. I was with Mark Carroll probably three or four months ago doing a luncheon with him, he's shaking my hand, he's best mates in my face, nice as pie and (then) wants to get on radio and say things like that.

"If you don't like someone and you think someone's done the wrong thing, don't shake their hand and be nice to them, be a man about it and say, 'Mate, you've done the wrong thing, I don't like you'. I just think he's a two-faced coward.

"I have that many blokes who talk behind my back about what happened at Cronulla and have no idea about what actually happened, yet when I see them, they're nice to me.

"Then they want to get on radio and spruik themselves, all he's trying to do is create a headline and probably get a job because he's a dumb s--t."

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