Three men have been fined more than $4000 each and kicked out of Queensland after illegally crossing the border to attend the NRL Grand Final with reports the group are mates of Panthers star Nathan Cleary.
The men in their 20s travelled from COVID-ravaged Sydney on Saturday, crossing the border on the M1 on the Gold Coast with incorrect border passes.
The group then went to the Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday.
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All three have been fined $4,135 and have since left Queensland.
Nine Newspapers report the men came to the attention of a senior Police officer in New South Wales after photos of the men partying on the Gold Coast were shared on social media.
Queensland Police have now also referred the matter back to New South Wales Police to investigate any breaches of that state’s COVID rules.
It has also informed the NRL Integrity Unit about the matter.
The NRL has confirmed they will speak to Cleary about the border breach but there is no suggestion the Penrith star was aware of the group’s activities.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’ath described the breach as “appalling.”
“It is extremely disappointing because it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are sneaking across our borders you are putting our community at risk,” Ms D’ath said
“It doesn’t matter the reason why you’re becoming over if you haven’t got a lawful border pass and travel declaration you should not be crossing the border.”
Ms D’ath says she understands the men used Freight passes to cross the border.
All three men have since tested negative.