CANBERRA Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is worried about the wellbeing of Hudson Young, after the former Greta Branxton Colts junior received a second suspension for eye-gouging this week.
The eight-match penalty has ruled the tearaway forward out of the NRL club's finals campaign in 2019 - and the start of next season.
He was banned by the judiciary after being found guilty of dangerous contact with a player's eyes.
Following a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on Tuesday night at NRL headquarters, the panel dismissed evidence from Warriors victim Adam Pompey, who spoke in defence of Young.
They also rejected the ex-Hunter Valley Group 21 player's claims that he had not made any contact with his opponent's eyes as the centre was diving over the tryline on Saturday.
"I said it the other day and I'll say it again; I'm just concerned about the kid's welfare," Stuart stated.
"The hysteria that has been raised through this is unfair.
"I am really disappointed in some of the comments that have been aimed at Hudson because, it might sound funny to you, but he's got a mother out there who is really in desperate need for her son - she's very upset.
"We've got to think about the person here as well."
Unfortunately, the ban is Young's second this year for dangerous contact with the eye.
He was also rubbed out for an ugly incident in round 12 involving Canterbury prop Aiden Tolman.
"I just want to thank the panel for a fair hearing," he said in a brief statement on Tuesday night.
"Although I'm disappointed with their decision, I'll accept it and learn from it."
Young's punishment also highlights the inconsistencies within the NRL judicial system.
Queensland State of Origin star Josh McGuire copped a $4500 fine for raking his fingers across Manly's Dylan Walker's face.
He escaped with a financial penalty, too, for a similar act on Maroons team-mate Cameron Munster in round five.
McGuire finally received a three-match suspension after being hit with a grade two contrary conduct charge in August.
That incident took place in the North Queensland Cowboys' showdown with the Brisbane Broncos, where David Fifita was the "beneficiary".