The National Rugby League has suspended the registration of Canberra’s Blake Ferguson over repeated behavioural issues involving the abuse of alcohol.
Ferguson will not take part in the second State of Origin game and the NRL will reserve its decision on when he may be able to resume playing until it is in a position to assess any further relevant facts with the Canberra Raiders and the NRL Integrity Unit.
“The fans do not want to see the game tarnished and neither do the players,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith, said today.
“It’s time for people to understand that the game isn’t going to accept this sort of behaviour.
“The first step in Blake’s case is to make a clear call in relation to Origin and tomorrow we will consult with the Raiders to determine the minimum period we would look at in terms of suspension.
“We have worked closely with both the NSWRL and the Canberra Raiders during this process and there remains genuine concern for the welfare of the player.
“We will offer every support to address any issues but there also has to be a clear deterrent.”