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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Australia's NRL bans player over alleged assault

Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) has banned player Ben Barba from the competition after viewing footage of him in an alleged "physical altercation" with his partner.
Barba, 29, was sacked by his new club, North Queensland Cowboys, last Friday over allegations that he had struck his partner at a casino in January.
The alleged incident is also being investigated by Queensland police.
Barba has not made any comment on the allegations.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said it was "time for Ben Barba to find a new vocation".

Barba has had some rugby experience, joining French giants Toulon on a $2.5 million two-year deal back in 2017 but was cut after just three months and four games.
Barba was sacked by North Queensland Cowboys last week after club officials viewed CCTV footage of an incident at a Townsville casino over the Australia Day weekend.
He is alleged to have assaulted his partner and mother of his four children, Ainslie Currie, and is being investigated by police.

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