RUGBY LEAGUE: The National Rugby League will not stop Semi Radradra playing for Parramatta against Cronulla today despite police arresting him on his return from Fiji and laying domestic violence charges against the 24-year-old Fijian.
Police were waiting for Radradra when he arrived on an international flight at Sydney airport in the company of former Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne.
Radradra was taken to the nearby Mascot police station and interviewed before being charged with assault causing bodily, domestic violence and a further two counts of common assault domestic violence. He is alleged to have committed the offences against his former partner in an eight-month period in 2014 and 2015.
Radradra was granted conditional bail and ordered to appear in Parramatta’s local court on Tuesday.
He was also served with a domestic violence order.
Given permission by Parramatta coach Brad Arthur to return home to visit his family during the club’s extended NRL break, Radradra arrived at training on Friday but did not speak to the media.
The big Fijian, who has been linked with a huge offer to play rugby in France with Toulon, spoke to Arthur and teammates, expressing a desire to take his place following his week in Fiji.
The NRL has learned from past experiences, the latest involving Rooster Shaun Kenny-Dowall, that players deserve the benefit of presumed innocence until proven guilty, and therefore has told Parramatta it is up to the club to decide what action to take.
Arthur was showing the strain as he fronted the media before Radradra joined his teammates at training.
“My job is to coach the football team and I am trying my best to do that,” a stern-faced Arthur said.
“I am lucky I have a very strong playing group and they are supportive of what we need to do.
“As for the rest of it, it’s out of my control.”
Also yesterday, frustrated Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson took aim at the NRL’s bunker again, claiming officials made an horrendous blunder in awarding a try to Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson in the Roosters’ 24-20 loss on Thursday night.
Robinson slammed the decision, saying Jackson had not only been been held up by Aidan Guerra, he had also been assisted by a teammate in grounding the ball.
“Some guy sits in a box and doesn’t see Aidan Guerra’s hand pushed. It is an illegal play – you just can’t get that stuff wrong, not with the promises that got made with this bunker,” he said.
“It was a no-try. It was an illegal play. I saw Aidan Guerra’s hand pushed by (Michael) Lichaa and they have, I don’t know how many angles.
“They need to see that and they just get it wrong, I just don’t understand it.”
It is the second time Robinson has let fly at the NRL’s $2 million bunker, having blown up after the Roosters’ Anzac Day loss to St George Illawarra.
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