Mar­shall in more strife

Townsville mother com­plains about mid- air spray

Townsville Bulletin - - Sports -

AN­OTHER wit­ness has come for­ward to com­plain about the be­hav­iour of em­bat­tled Wests Tigers fiveeighth Benji Mar­shall on a Qantas flight the day af­ter l a s t mo n t h ’ s A l l - S t a r s match.

As re­ported in The Daily Tele­graph on Satur­day, the NRL was forced on Fri­day to in­ves­ti­gate a claim from a Townsville mother and daugh­ter that Mar­shall had made loud and of­fen­sive c o mment s o f a s e x u a l na­ture on a flight from Bris­bane to Syd­ney.

Now, an­other pas­sen­ger sitting in the ter­mi­nal near Mar­shall and other NRL stars be­fore the flight has emerged to make sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions.

A Syd­ney man, who only wanted to be known by his first name " Peter", said he over­heard Mar­shall loudly de­tail­ing " his ex­ploits from the night be­fore" within earshot of other pas­sen­gers near the bar at Bris­bane Air­port. ‘‘ They were pu­trid," the man said. " There were a group of play­ers there, and they were drink­ing which is no­body’s busi­ness. It was about 1pm. But Benji was talk­ing about his ex­ploits from the night be­fore – he was the loud­est.

‘‘ I’m a bloke, so I was okay. But there were ladies a n d g u y s w i t h t h e i r girlfriends around and they would’ve heard it. As I said, what he was say­ing was pu­trid."

The man said Mar­shall was among a group of play­ers that in­cluded Pen­rith cen­tre Michael Jen­nings a n d c a p t a i n P e t e r o Civon­iceva.

‘‘ They were not say­ing any­thing of­fen­sive, but I was sur­prised that Petero did not step in and pull Benji into line," he said.

The NRL said it would hap­pily lis­ten to the man’s com­plaint if he came for­ward.

‘‘ But we haven’t heard of any fur­ther com­plaint to that mat­ter," Brady said.

‘‘ But the prin­ci­ple of it re­mains the same: play­ers need to be mind­ful of peo­ple around them when they are say­ing some­thing."

Tigers chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Humphreys had no com­ment when con­tacted yes­ter­day, be­liev­ing the mat­ter had been put to bed.

M a r s h a l l a n d T i g e r s t eam­mate Liam Ful­ton, who was also on the flight, had told him on Fri­day they were sur­prised at the al­le­ga­tions.

Mar­shall will at­tempt to shut out the dra­mas of the past week when the Tigers kick off their sea­son when they meet the Bull­dogs at ANZ Sta­dium tonight.

Hav­ing been charged with as­sault fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent out­side McDon­ald’s in The Rocks at 3.20am on March 5, he was con­fronted with this new con­tro­versy late last week.

T o wn s v i l l e ’ s

J e n n i f e r Robin­son fired a letter into NRL boss David Gal­lop com­plain­ing how she and her 21-year-old daugh­ter were sitting two rows back from Mar­shall and other Al l - St a r s p l a y e r s when Mar­shall al­legedly made lur i d r e m a r k s a b o u t a woman.

Be­cause Mrs Robin­son was not a rugby league fan, s h e d i d n o t r e c o g n i s e Mar­shall un­til he fea­tured in news re­ports con­cern­ing his as­sault charge.

‘‘ I saw him on tele­vi­sion and thought, ‘ There’s Mr Loud­mouth’," Mrs Robin­son said from Switzer­land, where she is on hol­i­days.

‘‘ He’s not the per­fect an­gel that some might make him out to be."

Her daugh­ter, who de­clined to be named, said: ‘‘ He [ Mar­shall] looked at me af­ter he said it and just smiled.

‘‘ I’m a young girl, and the way he was speak­ing was dis­gust­ing."

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