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Penrith Panthers star Nathan Cleary is facing a two-match ban and a $30,000 fine for being "untruthful" in dealings with the NRL's Integrity Unit during investigations into social-distancing breaches revealed in a video on social media.
Fellow Panthers player Tyrone May, who lives with Cleary, has also been issued a breach notice and is facing a $15,000 fine and two-match suspension over the same incident.
The bans are set to start when the NRL competition resumes on May 28.
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"Bit of mayonnaise added"Addo-Carr and Rabbitohs back Latrell Mitchell were both fined and handed suspended one-match bans after images were posted on social media of the pair with a group of men on a camping trip.
It comes after Cleary was caught trying to cover up the extent of a social-distancing breach when a contradictory TikTok video was released on social media.
The 22-year-old was originally stung with a $10,000 fine with 60 per cent suspended, as well as a suspended one-match ban when pictures emerged of him with women on his couch at home in April.
Cleary was not fined by NSW Police,
The women who appeared in the photos and videos were aged in their late teens to early 20s and were fined $1000 each for failing to comply with a Ministerial Direction.
At the time Cleary said the women were at his house for around 10 minutes while they waited for an Uber.
However, the NRL will allege Cleary lied to the integrity unit about the amount of time the women were in his house, evidenced by two TikTok videos that were discovered soon after.
NRL 2020: Panthers halves Nathan Cleary and Tyrone May facing two-match suspension for 'being untruthful' with NRL Integrity Unit
NRL 2020: Panthers halves Nathan Cleary and Tyrone May facing two-match suspension for 'being untruthful' with NRL Integrity UnitCleary was initially fined $10,000 ($6,000 of which was suspended) and a suspended one-match ban after photos emerged of him with a group of girls inside his home over the ANZAC Day weekend.
May is alleged to have been untruthful in his dealings with the NRL integrity unit over the same incident.
The 23-year-old is already serving a four-match suspension after he was found to have filmed four sex tapes without the consent of the women involved —
He was also fined 25 per cent of his NRL salary.
May was sidelined for the entire 2019 season while he battled the charges.
Should the NRL proceed with the latest suspensions, May will not be able to return to the field for the Panthers until round seven of the delayed 2020 season.
Both May and Cleary have five days to respond to the breach notices before a final determination is made.
after they went on a weekend getaway with about 10 men.
Those breaches were also discovered via social media, with photos and videos posted to Melbourne star Addo-Carr's Instagram account showing a group huddled around a campfire at Mitchell's property on the NSW Mid-North Coast
Second Cleary lie exposed by Integrity Unit .
The NRL whacked Nathan Cleary with a ban and a big fine because the Panthers star lied to the Integrity Unit not once but twice.It's a revelation that has piqued the interest of NSW police, with AAP reporting that his story will be reinvestigated.