Brisbane Broncos star Tevita Pangai Jr has been stood down over a COVID-19 breach.
The gun forward will be out of action for two weeks for his infraction, which came shortly after returning home from Sydney, where his team lost 28-10 to South Sydney on Friday night.
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The Courier Mail reports Pangai was at a barber shop which has links to the Mongols bikie gang when police arrived to conduct a search of the premises. Nothing illegal was uncovered and there is no suggestion Pangai did anything wrong.
However, by being there, the 24-year-old was breaking the NRL’s strict biosecurity measures, which essentially limit players to their homes unless travelling to and from games and training.
The Broncos released a statement on Sunday, saying: “Brisbane Broncos player Tevita Pangai Junior has been stood down for 14 days after breaching Project Apollo protocols.
“The club has been informed that he attended the opening of a barber shop yesterday, in breach of the protocols.
“He has been placed on a ‘COVID Hold’ and will undergo testing, while spending 14 days in self-isolation as the NRL continues to examine details of the breach.
“The Broncos are investigating the circumstances around the matter to determine what further action may be taken.”
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Tevita Pangai is facing two weeks on the sidelines.Source:Getty Images
It’s another shocking blow for the Broncos who are enduring the season from hell. They sit second-last on the ladder and have lost 10 of 11 games since the campaign restarted in late May after a coronavirus-enforced hiatus.
Yesterday the club announced coach Anthony Seibold will spend 14 days self-isolating after he stayed in Sydney on Friday night to deal with a “serious family matter”.
It’s a cruel setback in a professional sense for Seibold, who is under enormous pressure to keep his job despite being in the second year of a five-year deal.
Three members of the Broncos’ coaching staff — including club legend Allan Langer — were also penalised for biosecurity breaches before the Rabbitohs game after meeting at a pub to celebrate Langer’s birthday.
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