Just one day after NSW coach Laurie Daley selected his side for Game 2, there is controversy and scandal in the air, with winger Blake Ferguson involved in a nightclub incident last night in Sydney’s South.
Although no arrests have been made as of yet, NSW Police have confirmed that they are investigating an incident that occurred last night in Cronulla at 10:30pm, as they scour through the CCTV footage to see what happened.
“Police have seized CCTV footage from the location and are continuing with further inquiries,” Miranda police duty officer Inspector Mick Merrett said.
Scott Matteson, the licensee of the nightspot where the incident took place, confirms that he saw Ferguson and NSW team-mate Josh Dugan at the club.
“They [Dugan and Ferguson] were both here,” Mr Matteson said.
“I know they were down here and something happened. I left early but my staff finished late.”
Reading a prepared media statement, NSW coach Laurie Daley is well aware of the incident and have been in contact with the NRL’s integrity unit – as Josh Dugan, who was with Ferguson at the time, has had no allegations laid against him.
“We have been made aware of an allegation and have been in contact with the NRLâ€™s integrity unit,” Daley said.
“We will continue to cooperate with the police investigation. Josh Dugan was with Blake at the time, but there has been no allegations made against him and we will update you as the matter continues.”
Blues stalwart Robbie Farah also weighed in when asked, saying that the incident HCG Diet will not act as a distraction for he or the team leading into Origin Two.
“It’s not a concern for us at the moment, as it’s new. It’s not for us to ask and best for them not to talk,” said Farah.
“They’ll talk to the right people. We’re fine at the moment but for us, we get on with it.”
The news does not get better for Ferguson, with his registration suspended for repeated offences involving alcohol.
Not only will Ferguson miss out on playing for NSW in Origin 2, but the NRL will make the decision on when they believe Ferguson is fit to play again, before discussing any further facts with both the Canberra Raiders and the NRL’s Integrity Unit.
â€œThe fans do not want to see the game tarnished and neither do the players,â€ NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith, said today.
â€œItâ€™s time for people to understand that the game isnâ€™t going to accept this sort of behaviour.
â€œThe first step in Blakeâ€™s case is to make a clear call in relation to Origin and tomorrow we will consult with the Raiders to determine the minimum period we would look at in terms of suspension.
â€œWe have worked closely with both the NSWRL and the Canberra Raiders during this process and there remains genuine concern for the welfare of the player.
â€œWe will offer every support to address any issues but there also has to be a clear deterrent.â€
NSW head coach Laurie Daley will make a decision on who replaces Ferguson tomorrow.