Manly Sea Eagles player cops drink-driving and pursuit charges

25 November 2013 12:34 AM

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Manly Sea Eagles player cops drink-driving and pursuit charges

Manly Sea Eagles player Richard Fa'aoso has reportedly been charged with drink-driving and pursuit after a domestic violence incident at his Macquarie Fields home.

Fa'oso, 29, was allegedly involved in a heated argument with his wife at approximately 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

"During the argument the man allegedly knocked over furniture, kicked a door off its hinges and smashed a window before his wife fled the premises," NSW police said in a statement.

After the incident at Macquarie Fields, Fa'aoso then drove to another house at Ingleburn before police were called to the scene and the Sea Eagles prop was breath-tested.

"The man was taken to Macquarie Fields Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis and returned an alleged reading of 0.126," NSW Police said.

"He was charged with malicious damage, not stop vehicle [sic] when directed to do so and drive with mid-range PCA and will appear in Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

"The National Rugby League Integrity Unit is investigating an incident in relation to Manly’s Richie Fa’aoso and is assisting with counselling support for both him and his family," they said in a statement.

"We have clear procedures on any behavioural matter and Manly has complied with those," NRL Chief Operating Officer, Jim Doyle said.

"There are police matters here that we have to allow to take their course but we are also able to look at some issues and to ensure that there is welfare support for the player and his family."

Manly Sea Eagles says Fa'aoso has the "full support" of his family while he undergoes counselling.

"The family has asked us to make it clear that this is not a domestic violence matter and that they be afforded some privacy at this time," the club said.


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