NRL issues Luciano Leilua with a No-Fault Stand Down condition after police charge

The NRL have issued Luciano Leilua with a No-Fault Stand Down condition, after he was charged by police for common assault and intentionally or recklessly destroying property stemming from an alleged incident earlier this week.  

Police are alleging the North Queensland player assaulted his partner and broke her phone after an argument in Sydney on Monday afternoon.

The NRL have now advised both the Cowboys and Leilua that he has been subjected to the temporary ban, which means he is not permitted to play in the NRL or at the Rugby League World Cup.

“The decision should in no way be interpreted as a view on the innocence or guilt of the player,” a statement from the NRL noted.

“The discretionary No-Fault Stand Down condition has been applied in this instance as the criminal charges involve allegations that the player has acted violently in relation to a female.”

After news of Leilua’s arrest came to light for the alleged assault on a 26-year-old woman, his club released a statement.

“The North Queensland Cowboys have been made aware of an alleged incident regarding player Luciano Leilua, which has resulted in police charges,” the club said.

“The club is gathering further information and assisting the NRL Integrity Unit as well as providing support to all parties involved.”

More to follow. 

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