NRL cooperating with Queensland police

The National Rugby League is cooperating with a Queensland Police request to suspend its investigation into allegations made against Ben Te’o, pending further police inquiries.

Queensland Police interviewed Ben Te’o this morning and are believed to be planning further interviews.

“The NRL’s primary concern has been to ensure that this matter is fully and independently investigated,” NRL Chief Operating Officer, Mr Jim Doyle, said today.

“Given that the police are assuming that responsibility it is important that we step back for the moment and let them undertake that role.

“We will of course cooperate with their investigation.

“It would be inappropriate however for us to attempt to draw any conclusion while their investigations are ongoing.

“The Integrity Unit has conducted a number of interviews to date and remains committed to drawing the appropriate conclusion but it is equally important that we first allow the police to carry out their inquiries.

“It is also important to note that no charges have been laid against any player.”