NRL player fined over hotel quarantine breach on the Gold Coast

West Tigers player James Roberts has copped a $7,500 fine for yet another breach of the NRL’s Covid bubble.

Roberts has been in hotel quarantine at the Novotel in Surfers Paradise with NRL families for about a week now.

The NRL and Queensland Health had been looking into reports that Roberts had been out on his balcony despite rules stating that wasn’t allowed.


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He’s now been handed a $7,500 from the NRL, and suspended for one match.

“In determing the proposed sanction, the NRL has taken into account the difficulties Roberts has had in coping with quarantine. Roberts has been provided with additional well-being support,” a statement from the NRL reads tonight.

Roberts will have five days to respond.

Meantime, all eyes will be on Queensland Health now, which is reportedly pushing to have Roberts removed from Queensland altogether.

“I wrote to the NRL last night, I’m waiting for a response as to what actually occurred,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said this morning.

It could be a disaster for the whole competition though, with the league warned late last week that another breach could see them all booted.

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