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NRL star David Fifita is arrested after brawl in Bali nightclub

NRL star David Fifita has been seen at a police station after he was locked up in Bali following an early morning brawl outside a troubled night spot.

The Brisbane Broncos forward was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a security guard at the La Favela nightclub in Seminyak about 1.50am on Saturday.  

The 19-year-old was visited by his team mate Payne Haas who he had been holidaying with at Kuta Police Station on Saturday morning.

He was arrested by police but is yet to be questioned due to being under the influence of alcohol, 7News reported.

He has not yet been named as a suspect and can be held in custody of up to 24 hours under Indonesian law.

The Kuta police chief, Teuku Ricki Fadlianshah told 7 News the reason for the alleged attack was still under investigation.

Teuku said they would need to see a medical report and have a witness statement before naming Fifita as a suspect.

It was the same troubled nightspot where Nelson Asofa-Solomona landed himself in hot water last month. 

Fifita (pictured) is in custody over a brawl in Bali on Saturday morning but has not yet been named as a suspect 

Fifita was visited by his team mate Payne Haas who he had been holidaying with at Kuta Police Station (pictured Fifita at Kuta Police Station) on Saturday morning.

Fifita was visited by his team mate Payne Haas who he had been holidaying with at Kuta Police Station (pictured Fifita at Kuta Police Station) on Saturday morning.

Police allege the victim, 33-year-old Dani Irawan was using his phone when he was struck in the face by a man who was riding a motorbike taxi.

The attacker then jumped off the motorbike and tried to approach the victim, but was held back by the driver, police said. 

Brisbane Broncos forward David Fifita (pictured) allegedly assaulted on a security guard at the La Favela nightclub in Seminyak about 1.50am on Saturday

Brisbane Broncos forward David Fifita (pictured) allegedly assaulted on a security guard at the La Favela nightclub in Seminyak about 1.50am on Saturday

Fifita (left) was on holiday with fellow team player, Payne Haas (right)

Fifita (left) was on holiday with fellow team player, Payne Haas (right)

A statement from Kuta police chief Puta Ika Prabawa said the alleged perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol.

‘Based on report, police went to the crime scene, asking witnesses and the victim. A bule (foreigner) that was allegedly the perpetrator was arrested.

‘The perpetrator was taken to Kuta police station for further investigation.

‘The alleged perpetrator could not be interrogated yet as he is still under the influence of alcohol.’

Lawyer Muhammad Rifan who has previously represented several Australians accused of wrongdoing in Bali, was seen at the police station on Saturday. 

Fifita, who is worth up to $1million a season, has about 10 NRL clubs fighting to sign him up.  

The Broncos confirmed to 9News that Fifita was in jail and said it had flown an official to meet their key forward. 

‘The Brisbane Broncos have today been made aware that David Fifita has been detained by authorities in Bali after an alleged incident involving a security guard,’ a Broncos statement read.

‘The club is working with representatives in Bali to provide David all the support he needs, and a Broncos official is travelling to Indonesia today.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Brisbane Broncos and Austrindo for comment. 

Fifita (far right), who is worth up to $1million a season, has about 10 NRL clubs fighting to sign him up

Fifita (far right), who is worth up to $1million a season, has about 10 NRL clubs fighting to sign him up

The 19-year-old (player) was arrested by police and is waiting to be questioned

The 19-year-old (player) was arrested by police and is waiting to be questioned

Last month, Melbourne Storm player Nelson Asofa-Solomona was caught in a fight outside the same club. 

CCTV of the violent brawl emerged showing Asofa-Solomona repeatedly throwing punches. 

However, witnesses reportedly claim Asofa-Solomona had only retaliated when Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu was hit in the face in an unprovoked attack inside the club.

Another set of footage from inside the club later emerged showing the moment Vunivalu was reportedly smacked in the face – leaving him with a cut under his eye.

Both groups were forced to leave the venue shortly after the punch-up, which is when the alleged violence erupted.

Due to an influx of brawls outside the club, Head of the Badung Tourism Office I Made Badra warned tourists caught breaking Indonesian laws would be deported.   

‘If they violate the provisions of the law. If you have to be deported for violating Indonesian legal licensing. Like it or not, we have to do law enforcement,’ he said.

‘We hope tourists enjoy their holidays well and follow the rules of local wisdom and if possible travel it uses guides.’ 

Last month, Melbourne Storm player Nelson Asofa-Solomona (pictured) was caught in a fight outside the same club

Last month, Melbourne Storm player Nelson Asofa-Solomona (pictured) was caught in a fight outside the same club

 

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