Manly have copped the ban on Brett Stewart, however they are working to have the fine suspended to save the club from further financial dramas.
While not wanting to hinder any legal proceedings, NRL boss David Gallop believed there had been some backlash against Manly’s initial choice to allow Stewart to take the field this weekend.
Stewart’s manager, George Mimis, presented a public statement last night on the players behalf – confirming Brett simply wanted to return to the first grade team as soon as his ban had finished; regardless of the court appearance date.
At this stage, Brett Stewart will head to court to defend charges on April 7 with Police today confirming this latest video footage will now form part of “the case” against him.
It’s believed the results of Stewarts DNA samples are yet to be confirmed, regardless the Police proceeded to charge the player over the allegations of assault.
The final results for this test could be received as early as tomorrow.
The other male involved in the scuffle, (the father of the alleged victim) yesterday said there were no winners in this whole thing. His feeling was that both his daughters and her alleged attackers lives have been shattered.
Despite the NRL ban on him playing, Stewart trained with his teammates at the club’s Narrabeen HQ soon after the decision was handed down by the games governing body.
The coach, Des Hasler, addressed the players before they started drills. Stewart took to the training field and was supported by his fellow players.
All media crews were banned from entering the training area and its surrounds. Such is the focus on the Stewart situation that news helicopters did fly by’s overhead to grab footage and Manly officials discussed the possibility of calling Police to assist with keeping the prying eyes out.