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Channel Seven sports reporter Josh Massoud has been stood down.

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The Seven Network has suspended sports reporter Josh Massoud after allegations he verbally abused a younger reporter on Tuesday.

A source at Seven told Fairfax Media on Thursday Mr Massoud was "immediately" stood down following an incident after the news went to air on Tuesday evening.

It's understood Mr Massoud exploded at a cadet reporter in Seven's Sunshine Coast newsroom for breaking embargo on a story involving controversial former NRL player Todd Carney's plans to relocate from north Queensland to Sydney.

Mr Massoud "apologised profusely" for his outburst, the source said, and has hired a lawyer while HR investigates the incident.

He has not appeared on Seven for the last two days and did not appear on his usual Thursday morning Big Sports Breakfast segment.

Seven Sydney news director Jason Morrison told Fairfax Media it is "a private matter at the moment."

Mr Massoud did not respond to Fairfax's requests for comment.

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