Saifiti cleared over pub in­ci­dent, say Knights

RUGBY LEAGUE

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT -

New­cas­tle say NRL prop Ja­cob Saifiti has been cleared of any wrong­do­ing after suf­fer­ing a bro­ken leg in an al­ter­ca­tion out­side a pub.

Saifiti is fac­ing months on the side­lines for the Knights after be­ing in­jured in an in­ci­dent al­legedly in­volv­ing Dane Cord­ner, the brother of NSW cap­tain Boyd, early on Sun­day out­side a New­cas­tle bar.

He was knocked out after cel­e­brat­ing with Knights team­mates who were farewelling Eng­land-bound for­ward Luke Yates.

The 22-year-old re­mains in hospi­tal and NSW Po­lice said yes­ter­day they had charged a 28-year-old from Adamstown with griev­ous bod­ily harm after he handed him­self in on Wed­nes­day.

The Knights said Saifiti was an in­no­cent by­stander and was not fac­ing charges.

“Saifiti at­tempted to defuse a sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing other in­no­cent by­standers, which led to his as­sault,” the Knights said in a state­ment.

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