Superstar Roosters captain James Tedesco has been fined $10,000 by the NRL over an incident outside a Bondi pub last month.
Tedesco came under fire after a 20-year-old woman of Vietnamese descent lodged a formal complaint with the NRL, alleging the fullback shouted “squid games” at her – a reference to a popular Korean series on Netflix.
The NRL Integrity Unit interviewed several Roosters players who were present during the alleged altercation.
As a result of the investigation, Tedesco was hit with a breach notice this afternoon alleging that he behaved in a drunken and disorderly manner and brought the game into disrepute.
He has five days to respond to the breach notice. If he accepts the findings, Tedesco will undergo education and training as directed by the NRL on top of the $10,000 fine.
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Tiffany Trinh, the woman at the centre of the investigation, told The Sydney Morning Herald last month that she felt Tedesco was making a “joke about her race” while with his friends.
At the time of Trinh’s claims, Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said the club had investigated the matter and claimed there was no case to answer.
“There was absolutely no interaction between James Tedesco with this group of people,” he said.
“We categorically deny that anything untoward occurred.”
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