NSW Rugby League confirms investigation into crowd fight at Manly and South Sydney match
A Manly Sea Eagles rugby league player is under investigation after he was filmed sparking a brawl at a junior representative match over the weekend.
The fight broke out at the SG Ball trial match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Erskineville Oval on Saturday.
It is believed the Manly player became involved in a heated confrontation with a spectator before the pair broke out into a fight.
The two men are said to be known to each other, with allegations one of the men was kicked repeatedly in the head while on the ground, spraying blood everywhere.
A NSW Rugby League spokesman has confirmed officials are investigating the incident.
A spokesman from the Manly club also confirmed the incident was being investigated, with the club working with both the NSWRL and South Sydney to consider any “action that may be required”.
It is alleged a Sea Eagles player ran from the bench to the tunnel area and engaged in a heated verbal exchange with Hopoate.
A witness said one of the men involved in the brawl was left with a “ripped shirt and blood everywhere”, while another described it as “sickening”.
Police were called to the grounds but both men involved in the fight had left by the time officers arrived.
NSW Police said no reports were made in relation to the incident.
“Police have not received any reports in relation to an alleged assault at a rugby league game in Erskineville on Saturday,” NSW Police said in a statement.
“Anyone wishing to make a report is urged to contact South Sydney Police Area Command or Crime Stoppers.”
A NSWRL spokesman said officials had reviewed the video of the trial match, but it did not contain any vision of the “off-field incident”.
“The information in the initial report indicates the incident was between two spectators,” the spokesman said.
“No players who participated in the match were involved in the altercation.”
Sea Eagles officials have spoken to relative parties and prepared a report for the club’s chief executive Stephen Humphreys.
“The Manly club has been asked to provide NSWRL with a full report of the incident. A report has been submitted by Souths,” the NSWRL spokesman said.
“After receiving the report the NSWRL will determine if further action is required.
“The NSWRL has a zero-tolerance policy for behaviour that threatens the safety of participants, officials and spectators and incidents like these are contrary to the standards of any community sport.”
Originally published as NSW Rugby League confirms investigation into crowd fight at Manly and South Sydney match
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