It was news that the NRL did not need but will be forced to deal with, as Canterbury Bulldogs veteran forward Reni Maitua has been charged with assault and subsequently stood down by the club.
Suspended for his involvement in the incident, the club have released a short and brief statement regarding the matter.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have today suspended Reni Maitua from all duties after he was charged with assault last night.
The matter has been referred to the NRLâ€™s Integrity Unit.
The Bulldogs will offer further comment on the matter once those investigations are concluded.
The player in question – Reni Maitua – also released a statement of his own on the matter.
“Deeply apologetic to the gentlemen involved, Canterbury, the fans, my family and the game in general,” said Maitua.
“I have no excuses for my poor behaviour and will accept any punishment handed down to me by the Powers that be.
“I was charged with common assault for pushing the gentleman’s arm – by no means is that acceptable – but certainly didn’t strike anyone.
“Again, I’m truly sorry to anyone I’ve let down.”