Lottoland set to keep final as Manly fan faces lengthy ban


Security and police swooped on a Manly fan, centre, who confronted Melbourne Storm’s Will Chambers on Saturday night at Lottoland.

Security and police swooped on a Manly fan, centre, who confronted Melbourne Storm’s Will Chambers on Saturday night at Lottoland.Credit: Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

“There is a cage there as everyone knows which slides down and effectively cuts the tunnel or the gateway off from the general public. Because it was a sin bin and wasn’t at the start of the game or in the second half or full-time it wasn’t closed entirely,” Annesley said.

“But when it comes to a finals game we will be in charge of all those matters and we wouldn’t expect a repeat of that.

“We’ll certainly be making sure that should something like that happen around a sin bin, there will be no opportunity for that cage not to be completely closed.”

The NRL’s investigation into the incident is ongoing but the man has not been charged by NSW Police.

A source familiar with the police investigation said Chambers had not made a formal complaint and a Storm official confirmed the club has decided to move on from the matter altogether.

While he may have escaped police charges, the man will be handed a ban by the NRL.

Jake Trbojevic would like to see the Manly fan handed a significant ban.

Jake Trbojevic would like to see the Manly fan handed a significant ban.Credit:AAP

That course of action would be applauded by Manly star Jake Trbojevic.

“He definitely should be banned, yeah. Without doubt,” Trbojevic said. “You can’t be lashing out at players. No way. It’s just a complete no no.”

Trbojevic’s teammate Martin Taupau said the fan’s behaviour did not represent Manly players or fans alike.

“That sort of behaviour, is not Manly. It’s just disappointing … there’s a lot of things I’d like to say about this individual and what it’s done to our club,” Taupau said. “It’s not rugby league in general.”

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Annesley said the man in question would not be permitted back at an NRL game for “quite a while”.

“Clearly, as has been in the case with many instances in the past, the NRL can issue banning notices to people we don’t want to see at our games if they’re going to act with that kind of behaviour,” Annesley said.

“It’s obviously unacceptable and not something we want to see at our games.

“People are fully entitled to go to our games and say and do whatever they want as long as they stay in the position they need to be and don’t go near any players or officials in an aggressive type of way.

“That will be dealt with over the next few days but I would suggest to you it will be quite a while before that particular person is back at an NRL game.”

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