Ben Barba to fight lifetime ban

first_imgThe fallen NRL star presented himself to Mackay police and was charged with two counts of public nuisance over an incident at the Townsville casino in January.The former Dally M Medallist will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.Barba reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because his partner Ainslie Currie has not made a complaint.Barba was sacked by NRL club North Queensland without playing a game for the club last month over allegations he was violent towards Currie in the incident.The NRL gave Barba a lifetime ban after viewing CCTV footage of the incident.But Barba’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum claimed on Tuesday he would now attempt to have the ban overturned.”He’s expressed his desire to play football this year,” MacCallum told reporters.”He wants to explore his options in relation to challenging the NRL ban and hopefully play rugby league in some sort of capacity.”I don’t think he’d play NRL but certainly local football, and that’s going to help his focus.”He’s feeling the pressure of the media on him – he’s also feeling the pressure of not being able to play the game that he loves.”It’s certainly pretty distressing for himself and a trying time for his family.”Barba was charged a day after telling a television news crew he had “lost everything” and threatened to “hurt” the reporter.North Queensland coach Paul Green said Cowboys welfare officers would keep in touch with Barba.”Our welfare guys continue to stay in contact with Ben. The club will continue to support him however we can,” he said.Green was not as expansive when told Barba intended to fight the NRL ban.Asked if Barba should be allowed to play again, Green said: “It’s probably not for me to comment.”Besides the two charges, Barba was on Tuesday also banned by Queensland police from entering Townsville’s entertainment precinct for three months.After winning a premiership with Cronulla in 2016, the star fullback copped a 12 game NRL ban for testing positive to cocaine for a second time.He left for stints in French rugby union and the English Super League before being offered a lifeline by the Cowboys, only to be sacked on February 1 over the casino incident.last_img read more

‘I don’t have a team to leave to!’ – Papiss Cisse rejects Newcastle exit talk

first_img1 Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has moved to quash reports of a possible St James’ Park exit this summer, insisting he is fully committed to the Magpies.The Senegal international, who netted his 35th Premier League goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, has been linked with a host of foreign clubs amid the Tyneside outfit’s ongoing interest in QPR frontman Charlie Austin.Moves to Turkish duo Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, as well as clubs in China and the Middle East, have all been suggested this summer.However, he insists he is focussed only on scoring goals in a black and white shirt as the transfer window enters its final few weeks.Cisse told the Chronicle: “I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.”Cisse got the nod ahead of summer arrival Aleksandar Mitrovic for new head coach Steve McClaren’s first competitive game, and made his mark three minutes before the break when he cancelled out Graziano Pelle’s opener.Mitrovic’s arrival has increased competition for places with Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere, while McClaren is hoping there could still be further business done with Austin a long-term target.However Cisse, who missed 10 games through suspension and more because of injury last season, is not fazed by that.He said: “Having other strikers makes me work harder. I know that there are two players behind me who want to play.“Only hard work shows the gaffer what I can do, whether in the game, or in the training sessions.“I want to show him I want to play. I want to score goals to help this team get the wins.” Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse last_img read more