NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has praised Mark Coyne as a "great" person but says he won't intervene as the under-fire ARL commissioner's job hangs in the balance.
Coyne's fate will be decided at a meeting of the ARL Commission next Thursday night following his drunken expletive-ridden tirade at Singapore police.
ARLC chairmman Peter Beattie will meet with the former St George and Queensland great next Monday upon his return from holidays before the independent commission meets three days later.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said he would leave it up to the commission to make a decision despite conceding he was disappointed and surprised by Coyne's actions.
"I don't want to get into what-ifs and those sorts of speculations," Greenberg said.
"I think Mark has made it pretty clear that he's made an error and that he's owned that error.
"But ultimately what everyone is looking for is what is the sanction and what does it look like? They're matters that will be decided by the commission."
Coyne has been stood down after he was arrested and fined $4000 for swearing at police while on holidays in Singapore but is facing being thrown off the commission.
He was detained in the island state for seven weeks after having his passport confiscated.
His situation is made worse by the fact it took him six weeks to inform the NRL and the commission that he had been arrested.
However, he argued he immediately informed Beattie after he was charged last Tuesday and that he feared news of his arrest would leak and create a media circus, therefore leading to the likelihood of a more harsh sentence.
Greenberg refused to answer whether he would be sacked if he acted similarly but said he had enjoyed a long relationship with the former Maroons Origin hero.
"Mark has been well known in rugby league circles for a long time and I've known Mark personally for a long period of time," Greenberg said.
"And I've always found him and his wife Annie to be great people. There's no doubt about that.
"But Mark has admitted here that he has made an error and it's up to the commission."
Beattie wrote to the chairs and CEOs of all 16 clubs on Sunday night, asking them for their views.
He is adamant he won't be rushed into a decision after copping criticism himself for not cutting short his own holidays in Western Australia to sort out the matter.
It's been questioned why the commission did not have a phone hook up to discuss Coyne's future.
But Beattie defended his handling of the matter, saying there were three commissioners overseas and Coyne deserved the opportunity to plead his case in person.
Australian Associated Press