The NRL has vowed it will take the strongest possible action, if it finds explosive allegations against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and former star Sam Burgess to be true.
The Australian reports the club covered up alleged drug use, as well as domestic violence by the former player.
Sam Burgess’ lawyers have strongly denied the allegations, but both the NRL and the NSW police are now investigating.
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NRL CEO Andrew Ando says if the allegations are proven, the ‘strongest possible action’ will be taken.
“These are serious allegations. So it is important we stay calm and we conduct a thorough investigation.
“We will look to work with the club to find out what happened and to get to the bottom of the facts.
“Which will cooperate with the New South Wales Police, who have also begun an investigation into the matter.
“If these allegations are proven, we will take the strongest possible action that we can.
“But at this stage, they are just that – allegations. The NRL, the Commission, do not condone violence, abuse or intimidation of anyone, let alone women.
“And we will take the strongest possible action that we can.
“We also do not condone the abuse of drugs. But it is important to emphasise that this is new information to the NRL, and now that we have this information, we will act on it and make sure that we follow through, get to the bottom of the facts, get all the information and take the action that’s necessary,” Mr Abdo said.
It’s understood Sam Burgess has stood himself down from duties at the Rabbitohs, as well as commitments with Fox Sports.