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20:46  17 july  2019
20:46  17 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest© Getty Images

Mark Coyne has revealed details of his arrest in Singapore six weeks ago after he had ‘too much to drink’ on a night out with friends.

The former St George, Queensland and Australia centre on Wednesday stood down from the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) board indefinitely after details of the June 2 incident emerged.

Coyne pled guilty to using ‘vile and disgusting’ language towards police and was fined $4,100 by a Singapore court on Wednesday.

He is now free to leave the country following a harrowing six-week ordeal and is expected to return to Australia as early as Thursday.

State of Origin legend is arrested in Singapore after 'swearing at a police officer following an argument with a taxi driver' - as he stands down from top rugby league role

State of Origin legend is arrested in Singapore after 'swearing at a police officer following an argument with a taxi driver' - as he stands down from top rugby league role Coyne is reportedly alleged to have used 'vile and disgusting' language towards public officials during an argument outside a hotel in early June in Singapore.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Carayannis, the 51-year-old admitted he ‘swore really badly’ at police after they detained him under suspicion he was an illegal immigrant.

Coyne told Carayannis he had a ‘misunderstanding’ with a taxi driver on his way back to his hotel.

The cabbie called police to the scene at around 1am local time and the dispute with the driver was resolved.

However, when the former NRL star was unable to provide his passport to police, he was detained and subsequently arrested after he ‘lost it’ at authorities.

“As I do I left my passport in my hotel safe which I thought was the right thing to do,” Coyne told News Limited.

“They regarded me as an illegal immigrant because I didn’t have my passport and my NSW driver’s licence wasn’t good enough.

The foul-mouthed tirade that led to Coyne's arrest

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“They put me into the police van. I admit that when I was put into the police van I was quite angry and frustrated … I lost it and I swore really badly … I’m really embarrassed I did that.”

Coyne, a cleanskin throughout his 11-year NRL career, has been stranded in Singapore for the past six weeks after his passport was seized and only went public with details of his arrest on Wednesday.

He concedes his silence was ‘not the best way for things to happen’ but says he was acting on legal advice not to make any public comment until his case was heard in court.

Coyne will meet ARLC chairman Peter Beattie in the coming days to explain his version of events before a decision is made on his future.

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Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest
Mark Coyne: ARLC board member reveals details of Singapore arrest

Mark Coyne resigns from NRL Commission after Singapore drunken incident.
Retired Queensland State of Origin representative Mark Coyne resigns from the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) following an incident in Singapore, leaving NRL chair Peter Beattie "devastated".

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