Brisbane Broncos young gun David Fifita will be free to take to the field for round 1 next year after being given the all clear by the NRL over the Bali scandal.
The 19-year-old managed to escape receiving any punishment following an incident in Bali last month which saw him locked up for three days.
Following a thorough investigation, the National Rugby League (NRL) confirmed in a statement overnight they will not initiate any disciplinary action.
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“The NRL’s Integrity Unit says evidence relating to the incident outside a Bali nightclub was inconclusive,” the statement said.
“The NRL said it was satisfied that the actions of the Broncos Club were appropriate in the circumstances.”
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said it was important the game made evidence based decisions about player behaviour.
“It is important that our determinations are based on the evidence before us,” Mr Greenberg said.
“In this case, after analysing a multitude of evidence we cannot say with certainty that a breach has occurred.”
Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White welcomed the NRL’s decision, and confirmed the Broncos would also not be handing down any club-based penalty to Fifita.
“We are satisfied with the NRL’s decision on this matter… David will pull on a Broncos jersey to play Round 1 and we feel that is a fair result for him and for the club,” Mr White said.
“We trust David’s version of events in that he did not commit an assault, but we understand that the Integrity Unit had a job to do. We have respected that process from the very start and cooperated every step of the way.
“As a club, our main focus was to ensure David returned home safely and we were able to work together to achieve that – and the NRL has found that we acted appropriately in at-times challenging circumstances.”