Australia internationals Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr have been fined $50,000 for flouting social distancing measures.
The pair and Newcastle squad Tyronne Roberts-Davis were fined $1,000 by New South Wales Police after a gathering with several others over the weekend.
Police were alerted after Addo-Carr posted images, since deleted, on his Instagram account as the trio ignored Government orders of staying 1.5 metres apart and gathering in large groups because of coronavirus.
Mitchell and Addo-Carr have been fined $50,000, while Roberts-Davis has been given a $10,000 fine – but 60% of the fines have been suspended for the rest of the season.
ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said: “It is important that, in these challenging times, we all have to work together to combat COVID-19 and compliance with public health orders is a critical requirement.
“The players have to understand that they are putting the game and the community at risk by their actions.
“It’s certainly hard to accept such behaviour when the game is doing everything it can to persuade the community that its players are responsible and behave appropriately.
“The penalties have been structured so as to give these players one further opportunity to demonstrate that they can be trusted. If they contravene again, then those parts of the penalty that have been suspended will be activated and they may also be subject to further sanction.”
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