Barba facing life ban from NRL
NRL officials say Ben Barba could be banned from the league for life as investigations into allegations of domestic violence continue.
Barba, who was with St Helens last year before returning down under with North Queensland Cowboys, has been sacked by his club following the alleged incident at a Tasmania casino on Australia Day.
CCTV footage is still being reviewed but NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg says he will have no problem deregistering any player that is found guilty of domestic violence.
“We have run out of patience and tolerance for misbehaviour off the field,” Greenberg, who was yet to see the CCTV footage, said following Barba’s sacking.
“Violence against women is at the very top of that list. If you’re violent against a woman you can expect to be removed from the game. It starts now.
“I haven’t seen the footage as yet, but if it shows violence towards a woman then really there’s no debate. Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can’t see him ever returning.”
Barba could learn his fate as early as today as the investigation draws to a close.
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