The Brisbane Broncos have been cleared by police of breaching Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions, but the club remains under investigation by the NRL.
Queensland Police confirmed in a statement a short time ago that they had finished their investigation after reviewing CCTV of the pub lunch in question.
“The Queensland Police Service has concluded its investigation into a reported incident involving members of the NRL at a hotel in Everton Park on August 1,” police said.
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“The investigation, which commenced on August 9, found no breach of the Chief Health Officers public health directions.”
However they did confirm that information obtained through the course of the investigation will now be referred to Queensland health.
While the police investigation has wrapped, up to ten players who attended the lunch are still not in the clear yet, with the NRL Integrity Unit looking into whether they breached the league’s Project Apollo protocols.
Although the Broncos are adamant they did not think they breached the code’s rules.
In a statement released yesterday, the club said the lunch took place on the same day that players and staff inside the club’s ‘covid bubble’ had transitioned back into more-relaxed Project Apollo Queensland restrictions.
“The team had played Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium the night before, which marked the end of a 14-day hard lockdown put in place after the team travelled to Sydney for the Round 10 game against the West Tigers on July 17,” the Broncos statement said.
“The players were of the understanding that lunch at the hotel was permissible under the more-relaxed restrictions which they were under at the time.”
“The club has been working closely with the NRL and provided a range of information as requested, and is awaiting a determination.”