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The National Rugby League Integrity Unit will conduct an independent review of the Bulldogs actions in relation to the standing down of Ben Barba earlier this year.

The club has openly supported the review which follows the publication in today’s media of a deeply disturbing image of a woman suffering facial injuries.

Any suggestion of violence against women is abhorrent and has no place in Rugby League.

At no stage has the NRL previously seen the image published today nor has it been aware of any injuries suffered as a result of physical abuse. Ben’s partner Ainslie Currie has consistently denied any media suggestion of physical abuse and continues to do so.

“We are not and have never been aware of a complaint in relation to Ben Barba,” NRL Chief Operating Officer Mr Jim Doyle said.

“It is appropriate that an immediate review is conducted into the circumstances and that is already in train.

“It is important in the meantime to consider that we are also talking about the lives of individuals and we must also remain highly alert to the physical and mental well-being of all concerned.

“We want to ensure that every possible step is being taken for the safety of all parties.”

The NRL will make no further comment until the review is completed.

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