Wests Tigers star James Roberts is under investigation for breaching the NRL’s strict COVID-19 protocols while in quarantine on the Gold Coast.
Roberts was photographed walking onto his balcony at the Novotel Hotel in Surfers Paradise, which is against strict rules imposed by the Queensland Government.
The State’s top doctor last week ordered all NRL players and families currently in quarantine to gaffer tape all windows and doors in their hotel rooms after images emerged of a number of people passing food between balconies.
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Roberts is in quarantine and not with his teammates after being identified as a close contact of someone at a COVID-19 exposure site in Sydney.
The NRL issued a statement overnight, confirming Queensland Health had been notified of the balcony breach.
“The NRL has today reported a breach of the current balcony directive to Queensland Health by Wests Tigers player James Roberts,” the statement said.
“The NRL and Wests Tigers are providing James with additional wellbeing support to assist him in coping with quarantine and will continue to work closely with Queensland health.”
It could have dire consequences for the league, after Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young last week warned all teams could be kicked out of the sunshine state if any more branches were to occur.
“I’m very, very concerned about what is happening with these NRL players,” Dr Young said on Friday.
“You would have seen that imagery of the family hotel where they were sharing goods between verandas.
“If I have any more breaches, I am very concerned… I’m getting very close to it [revoking exemptions].
“This is too risky. We just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules”.
It comes after Blues star Api Koroisau and Maroons forward Jai Arrow were both were slapped with $35,000 fines and banned for two games for sneaking women into their Origin camps.