The NRL integrity unit is investigating claims that Cronulla Sharks participant Josh Dugan breached NSW Covid legal guidelines on Friday night time.
A police report claims that officers from the Chifley Police District stopped a Jeep Cherokee at 11.30pm and spoke to 2 males – one aged 31 and one other aged 30.
The pair, from Gymea and Alexandria, had been pulled over in Lithgow – 150 kilometres from their locations of residence.
The incident was first reported by The Daily Telegraph, which revealed the 31-year-old in query was Dugan, who was left in Sydney whereas the remainder of the workforce relocated to Queensland.
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He and the opposite man are reported to be dealing with fines of as much as $10,000.
The Sharks contacted the integrity unit after discovering out in regards to the incident on Saturday morning.
It comes after Dugan was fined $25,000 by the NRL final month for breaking the code’s Covid protocols.
NSW Police confirmed to foxsports.com.au on Saturday morning that two males are anticipated to be charged for the alleged breach.
“The boys allegedly weren’t sporting masks and checks revealed they had been from Gymea and Alexandria,” a police spokesman mentioned.
“The driving force allegedly instructed police they had been shifting to the world and had been going to feed animals, nevertheless later admitted they had been heading to a good friend’s home for the weekend.
“They had been directed to return house. About 40 minutes later, officers detected the identical car travelling away from Sydney in direction of Yetholme. The boys had been stopped and once more directed to return to their properties. Prices are anticipated to be laid.”
The Sharks confirmed to foxsports.com.au that the membership is conscious of the state of affairs and amassing extra data however not able to remark additional.
In the meantime, the NRL additionally confirmed to foxsports.com.au that it’s conscious of the matter and liasing with police and the Sharks.
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It’s not the primary time Dugan has come below hearth, having breached the NRL’s Covid guidelines in June.
At that stage the NRL had imposed stage three restrictions on its gamers, instructing them to not attend hospitality venues akin to pubs and golf equipment.
In that occasion Dugan attended a Potts Level restaurant with mates.
“I simply need to say I’m sorry, it was an error in judgement,’’ Dugan instructed Information Corp on the time.
“It’s been a troublesome interval for me personally and I’m placing my hand up on this one.
“I’ve had all the required testing achieved for Covid and I’ve come again damaging.
“I’ll isolate and do all the things that’s requested of me.”
Dugan is off-contract on the finish of the yr and looking out for a brand new membership, having performed 215 video games in his NRL profession.
He has beforehand revealed a rugby union swap might be on the playing cards, though the desire is to stay at Cronulla but it surely seems to be unlikely that he will probably be provided a brand new deal.