Brisbane Broncos’ David Fifita has touched back down in Queensland after spending three days in a Bali jail.
The 19-year-old was arrested for allegedly assaulted an Indonesian security guard over the weekend, though was able to negotiate a peace agreement to avoid a two year jail sentence.
He was met at the airport by his mum and the Bronco’s CEO Paul White, who says the club will be there for him.
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“We understand it was a fairly harrowing experience, and no doubt he’s going to learn a big lesson from this and as a club we’ll be there to support him, but also to guide him to make better decisions in the future,” Mr White said.
He also made it clear that Fifita used his own funds – not the club’s – to compensate his alleged victim.
Fifita made a brief statement at Brisbane Airport when he arrived, thanking the club for their support.
“I’d like to thank Walshy, Payne (Haas) and my lawyers in Bali and everyone at the Brisbane Broncos.
“There has been a lot going on behind the scenes and I am really grateful for that.
“It’s a great feeling to be home to see my family.
“I’ve learnt a big lesson from what I’ve been through these last few days,” Fifita said.
He’s expected to front the NRL Integrity Unit in the coming days.