The NRL has opened an inquiry into the alleged altercation between Irish player James Bentley and Roosters star Victor Radley, who also plays for England.
The integrity unit will look into Radley’s role in the incident, an NRL spokeswoman stated.
The NRL Integrity Unit is in contact with Rugby League World Cup authorities and aware of the situation, according to the NRL spokesperson.
The NRL penalised Radley for his vulgar dressing room antics during the Origin series, and now he is facing a $5000 punishment.
NRL commissioner Andrew Abdo personally sat down with Radley after the altercation in the Blues dressing room during Origin II.
After tackling a party gatecrasher in Byron Bay during the off-season, Radley received a two-match suspension and a $20,000 fine, half of which was deferred. Radley has a colourful history of off-field infractions.
His most recent infraction occurred in June, and that suspended fine expired.
Following England’s semifinal defeat by Samoa. Radley is accused of headbutting Ireland forward James Bentley at a Manchester hotel on Sunday.
It is believed that Bentley had received an invitation from an England team member to return to the team hotel.
According to foxsports.com.au, England Rugby League is “looking into the reported incident.”
An official from the World Cup acknowledged that they are talking to representatives from England and Ireland to figure out what transpired.
The RLWC is in contact with the relevant parties to determine the circumstances and is aware of the reported instances.
“At this time, no other remark will be made.”
Additionally, Ireland has been asked for comment.
Bentley allegedly turned hostile against England coach Shaun Wane after feeling left out of the World Cup roster for the host nation. According to the Herald.
In an effort to defend him, Radley reportedly headbutted Bentley, who needed stitches.
After winning the semi-final on Saturday
Samoa booked into the same hotel, the Worsley Park Marriott. And were reportedly kept awake by England players pounding on their room doors and scurrying away.
Additionally, it has been claimed that two additional NRL players from England were involved in a fight at the hotel. When approached by the Daily Telegraph about this, one of the players—who has not been named—debunked it.
After a player from Lebanon “grabbed my balls” during their group round match, Bentley made waves earlier in the tournament.