Sport NRL 2021: Gold Coast Titans deny salary cap breach over alleged David Fifita cover-up
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The Gold Coast Titans are confident that they are salary cap compliant despite reports emerging of a cover-up involving new recruit David Fifita.
It was reported bythat the NRL was unaware that a payment had been made towards the family involved in an incident involving Fifita across the Christmas break.
, detained by police before being released after extensive questioning.
"Police were called to a Clear Island Waters residence on the Gold Coast around 8 am this morning following reports of a man trespassing at the property," the police statement read at the time.
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"A 20-year-old man was arrested nearby and transported to Broadbeach Police Station for questioning. He was later released from custody without charge at this stage."
Whilst the NRL Integrity Unit is continuing their investigation, it was expected thatover the incident given he was not charged by police.
However, the emergence of an alleged compensation payment towards the family has led to further probing by the NRL, which was confirmed by the club in a statement on Tuesday
"The NRL has requested further information in regards to an earlier matter involving David Fifita," they said in a statement.
"The Club is providing that information to the NRL.
"The Gold Coast Titans are confident we are salary cap compliant."
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It marks the second straight off-season the Queensland Origin superstar has found himself in police custody.
At that stage, the 20-year-old is believed to have paid $30,000 to secure his release from jail.
This was approved by the NRL when they were informed of it, with no salary cap implications due to the transparency.
The news is an unwelcome distraction for the club, who had a major signing spree in the off-season, recruiting the likes of Fifita, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Herman Ese'ese.
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