Fifita’s lawyer claims ‘misunderstanding’ over alleged Kuta assault


Fifita’s lawyer, Muhamma Rifan, spoke to reporters regarding the incident and stated the issue was “not really a big case”.

“It’s only some misunderstanding and that we hope we can solve immediately,” Rifan said.

“He doesn’t remember because it was too quick and fast.

“Maybe something like that [is a] misunderstanding.”

A police report obtained by the Seven Network alleged the security guard was hit in the face by a foreigner who was riding a motorbike taxi.

“The perpetrator jumped from the motorbike and tried to approach the victim, but was prevented by ojek driver,” the police report reads.

Case to answer: David Fifita playing against Fiji for the PM’s XIII.Credit:NRL Photos

“The victim felt pain in his face and made a report at Kuta police station.

“Based on report, police went to the crime scene, asking witnesses and the victim. A bule [foreigner] that was allegedly the perpetrator was arrested.

“The perpetrator was taken to Kuta police station for further investigation.

“The alleged perpetrator could not be interrogated yet as he is still under the influence of alcohol.”

It is understood Fifita can be detained for 24 hours before being named as a suspect or freed by police, meaning the teenage superstar should learn his fate later on Sunday.

Trouble spot: The incident took place outside the same Kuta nightclub where Nelson Asofa-Solomona was involved in a fight.

Trouble spot: The incident took place outside the same Kuta nightclub where Nelson Asofa-Solomona was involved in a fight.Credit:Getty Images

“So the alleged perpetrator was nabbed straight away and taken to the police station,” Kuta police chief Teuku Ricki Fadlianshah told the Seven Network.

“Witnesses said that he hit La Favela’s security. An ojek driver tried to separate them and he tried to hit the security again.

“It is still being investigated. Based on witnesses, the perpetrator spontaneously hit the security without any reason. But we are still facing difficulties to interrogate him.”

The NRL said it was aware of the incident.

“The integrity unit are working with the Brisbane Broncos and authorities to determine what has happened,” an NRL spokesperson told AAP.

The incident took place at the same nightspot where Asofa-Solomona was involved in a wild brawl, which resulted in a three-game ban and a suspended $15,000 fine, and comes a fortnight after Fifita captained a Junior Kangaroos team to a win over France in Wollongong.

The 19-year-old is also set to enter the final year of his NRL contract, and is widely considered arguably the hottest free agent available for the 2021 season.

He has been linked with a number of NRL clubs, including South Sydney.


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