CHARGES DROPPED Parramatta Eels player Semi Radradra leaves Parramatta Local Court in Sydney. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Radradra who was facing domestic violence charges brought by his ex-partner.
CHARGES DROPPED Parramatta Eels player Semi Radradra leaves Parramatta Local Court in Sydney. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Radradra who was facing domestic violence charges brought by his ex-partner. DEAN LEWINS

Eel free to play after AVO and charges dropped

PARRAMATTA star Semi Radradra is free to play out the remainder of the NRL season after two domestic violence charges against him were dropped and the AVO against him withdrawn.

The move followed inconsistencies in the evidence of his former partner and alleged victim Perina Ting and revelations she sought to "heat up" the media in the weeks leading up to her making the allegations.

A third charge of domestic violence-related assault causing actual bodily harm was withdrawn in February.

The Eels released a statement from chief executive Bernie Gurr regarding Radradra.

"As with all legal matters, we have stated from the outset that the Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club would respect the legal process relating to the charges against Semi Radradra," it said.

"Accordingly, we accept today's court verdict to drop charges against Semi for domestic violence.

"We will support Semi and his family in moving forward and are delighted he can now put his focus and energy on the 2017 season. The club will continue to provide welfare services to Semi and his family."

Radradra's manager George Christodoulou said the long-running saga had taken a toll on Radradra and the player was "relieved and grateful" at being cleared.

Christodoulou said his client would not have signed a deal to leave the NRL at the end of the season to play rugby in France if the domestic violence charges had not been levelled against him.

"Semi loves rugby league and loves the Eels. But in the end he had to take care of business," Christodoulou said.

Radradra was not considered for selection for the Kangaroos while the charges were hanging over him, after making his international debut for Australia in last year's Anzac Test.

"He'd love nothing more than to wear the Kangaroos jersey again," Christodoulou said.

"It's a sad outcome of these whole proceedings that it cost him his Kangaroos jersey - the jersey that he cherished most out of any jersey that he has ever worn.

"I understand and respect where the NRL was coming from with their decision. Although it was difficult we understand where they were coming from at the time.

"Semi is now looking forward to getting back on the field with his teammates and being a father to his young daughter."

with Chris Hook

News Corp Australia


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