Broncos David Fifita back in Brisbane after Bali jail stint


“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked to help me get home,” Fifita said in Brisbane.

“I’d like to thank Walshy, Payne (Haas, who he had travelled with) and my lawyers in Bali and everyone at the Brisbane Broncos.

“There has been a lot going on behind the scenes and I am really grateful for that. It’s a great feeling to be home to see my family.

“I’ve learned a big lesson from what I’ve been through these last few days.”

Confirming the club did not pay compensation to facilitate Fifita’s release, White said the teenager’s version of events would come out once the integrity unit interviewed him.

“Any compensation that was paid was agreed upon by David’s legal representative over there and David himself,” White said.

“That is something between David and the alleged victim.

“These peace agreements are part of these types of incidents, the settlement of these type of incidents, and they do involve an agreement between two parties.

“I look forward to the integrity unit being able to speak to Dave and take his version of events and make an independent judgement.”

Regardless, White conceded Fifita had made a poor decision putting himself in the party destination’s nightclub precinct in the early hours.

“Nothing good happens after midnight,” White said. “You’re always disappointed; we work really hard with our players.

Fifita’s incident took place outside the same Kuta nightclub where Nelson Asofa-Solomona was involved in a fight.Credit:Getty Images

“David is a good young man and he’s going to learn a very big lesson from what he’s gone through over the last three days.”

White said the club would allow the integrity unit to conduct its investigation and, while not ruling out a separate club sanction, indicated Fifita may have already suffered enough.

“I don’t know too many 19-year-old men … of his background, who have had an experience like that,” he said.

“I know, having a policing background, that being in a cell is not a great experience, and being in one in a foreign country was pretty confronting.

“He’ll learn a big lesson.”

As the Herald reported on Monday evening, Fifita will now be questioned by the NRL Integrity Unit in the coming days.

Fifita walked free from jail on Monday afternoon, almost 24 hours after a peace agreement signed by the security guard he is alleged to have assaulted paved his way back to Brisbane.

He was accompanied by Walsh as waiting media swarmed the Brisbane star on his way out of the police complex.

Fifita’s lawyer Muhammad Rifan said his client was cleared as he claimed he never tried to intentionally hit Dani, who accepted that version of events before signing the peace agreement that triggered Fifita’s release.

I look forward to the integrity unit being able to speak to Dave and take his version of events and make an independent judgement.

Broncos chief executive Paul White

“David never intended to hit anyone. Therefore, no intention, hence the security guard agreed to accept (and) forgive,” Rifan said.

Fifita and Walsh boarded a flight bound for Brisbane on Monday night. They had been due to leave Bali on Monday afternoon but were delayed by processing complications in the jail.

“I would just like to thank everyone involved,” Fifita said before being released from jail.

“Especially the police and my club.

“I’ll make a further statement later on in the week.”

Fifita will still be forced to front the NRL integrity unit when he arrives in Brisbane, likely within the next week.

Whether he will be punished in similar fashion to Nelson Asofa-Solomona remains to be seen.

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Whether he will be punished in similar fashion to Nelson Asofa-Solomona remains to be seen.

Asofa-Solomona received a three game punishment – though none of those were NRL matches – after stunning vision captured the star Melbourne and Kiwis prop throwing punches outside the same Bali nightclub where Fifita struck Dani.

With AAP

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