Canterbury have apologised in a letter to members following the NRL club's Mad Monday gone wrong, and say the "invasion of privacy" that followed has taken its toll on the players and families involved.
The club was fined a record $250,000 by the NRL for misbehaviour and police also laid charges after naked antics at the Harbour View Hotel in Sydney's Rocks were revealed by media outlets.
A co-authored letter from chair Lynne Anderson and chief executive Andrew Hill released on Friday, confirmed the club has reacted to the NRL's breach notice, but would not go into further detail.
The club's response to the breach notice will remain confidential as the NRL's integrity unit's investigation continues - a decision on whether the fine stands is not expected until after the grand final on September 30.
Players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine, who were charged by police with wilful and obscene exposure, were fined $25,000 each ($10,000 suspended) by the club.
Marcelo Montoya $10,000 ($5000 suspended) and Zac Woolford $10,000 ($5000 suspended) were also sanctioned by the Bulldogs.
"As a club we were disappointed at some of the behaviours that took place at our end of season celebration," the letter stated.
"All parties involved have acknowledged there was behaviour on the day that was not up to the standards expected by our club and that stronger processes should have been in place to prevent and react to it differently."
Anderson and Hill, who revealed the same function venue had been used by the Bulldogs in 2016 and last year, also took aim at the media coverage of the incident.
"The invasion of privacy that has followed and the subsequent stories that evolved have had a major impact on the individuals involved, their families and the club," they wrote.
"What we need to remember here is that these are good people who have worked hard within the community and our club."
Anderson and Hill clarified that young playmaker Lachlan Lewis was not at the event, and reports a GoFundMe page had been set up by a member of staff was incorrect.
They said the Bulldogs are continuing their internal review and will "put steps in place to make sure that we respond to the learnings of this".
Front page of the Daily Telegraph of Bulldogs' Mad Monday celebrations.
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The Panthers have come under fire for the way they are using their trainer after vision surfaced from their playoff win over the Warriors showing former captain Peter Wallace directing the team.
Wallace, who retired midway through this season with an ACL injury, was caught on camera spending a hefty amount of time on the ANZ Stadium turf on Saturday night.
While out there, he is seen multiple times yelling to players and directing them as the Panthers went on to win 27-12 and eliminate the Warriors.
Former player and Australian journalist Paul Kent is demanding the NRL take action.
The 27-12 loss brings the Warriors' 2018 campaign to an end.
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"It's a disgrace," Kent told NRL360.
"The NRL need to sit down and say, 'look, this isn’t under-8s where coaches are allowed to be on the field'.
"What we face a risk of now is that Peter Wallace played this season for Penrith and retired mid-season - he knows all the plays, he knows their structure, he knows what they are trying to achieve because he trained with this team as the dummy-half and one of the spine.
"If we allow this to continue it will be a disaster."
The way the rules around trainers work in the NRL currently is that they are allowed on the field until the fourth tackle and must be off the field when their team is defending.
Kent says it's ruining the game.
"What Wallace is doing and we see [former Broncos player-turned-trainer] Alfie Langer doing it as well, is that they are directing players around the park," Kent said.
"It’s like we are using a remote control. Give the game back to the players."