Uncapped Rebels midfielder Hunter Paisami has been charged with ‘affray’ following his involvement in a late-night incident after being accused of seriously assaulting a man on Saturday night.
The charge involves fighting in a public place causing others to fear for their safety. The young centre was bailed on Tuesday and will appear in court on September 20 over the charge.
The original social media post by the victim’s sister detailed an attack where a man was left “to bleed on the ground” after being “king hit”.
Both Hunter Paisami and Pone Faamausili, the players accused in the post, have since admitted to their presence at the incident which led to their indefinite suspensions by the Rebels.
Faamausili is not expected to be charged over the incident after both players provided statements to police, but he may have to provide evidence in court.
Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said the club was taking the incident ‘extremely seriously’, the second scandal in the last couple of weeks after Amanaki Mafi was charged with injuring with intent following revelations by teammate Lopeti Timani.
“I would like to reiterate to our partners, members, supporters, communities and families that the Club is taking this matter extremely seriously,” he said in a statement.
“The board, management team and player leadership group are working together to address recent issues and provide a response that ultimately strengthens not only our Club, but also our communities and our code.”
The incident will be investigated by the Rebels, Rugby Australia, Rugby Victoria and RUPA.
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