Victor Radley is CLEARED by the RFL following investigation into his World Cup bar brawl with Irish rival James Bentley as governing body finds the Sydney Roosters star acted in ‘self defence’
Sydney Roosters star Victor Radley has escaped punishment despite being involved in a brawl during the Rugby League World Cup last month.
The 24-year-old traded blows with Ireland international James Bentley after his England side were knocked out in the semi-final in dramatic fashion by Samoa.
The RFL – England’s rugby league body – launched an investigation into the matter while the NRL Integrity Unit also vowed to make their own inquiries ahead of the upcoming season.
Victor Radley has escaped punishment over the hotel brawl at the World Cup this year
However, the RFL have stated that Radley acted in ‘self defence’ and as such have cleared him of any wrongdoing. The NRL are expected to rubberstamp their counterparts’ findings.
‘An RFL investigation has exonerated England forward Victor Radley of any blame for an incident which took place following his side’s exit from the Rugby League World Cup in November,’ the report stated.
‘The compliance investigation, requested by RLWC, involved interviews with a number of eyewitnesses as well as those directly involved. The investigator found a non-England player to have behaved inappropriately and an England player to have acted in self-defence.
They Roosters star was involved in an altercation with Ireland international James Bentley
‘No members of the England squad were at fault. The RFL Board has determined that no further action should be taken – and these findings have been shared with all relevant Rugby League bodies.’
Radley and Bentley are clashed in a bar at England’s Worsley Park team hotel, with the latter left requiring stitches to his face.
Along with England’s other Australian-based players, Radley stayed at the hotel after most of his teammates had checked out. Bentley, meanwhile, was understood to be visiting friends in the England squad.
Bentley (left) was reportedly left requiring stitches after the incident in November
However, the RFL has found that the 24-year-old was acting in self defence