Dramatic twist in George Burgess case after NRL governing body makes bold decision

George Burgess’ current situation has taken a dramatic twist following a bold decision by the NRL.

The NRL has decided not to ban the St George Illawarra prop under the game’s no-fault stand-down policy after Burgess was charged with sexual touching without consent last week.

Players charged with a crime that carries a sentence of 11 years or longer are automatically stood down by the NRL, but Burgess’ charge carries a maximum five-year sentence and so the no-fault stand-down policy will not come into being.

The NRL released a statement on Monday: “So as not to prejudice Burgess’ criminal proceedings case, the NRL will wait the outcome of that case before taking any action for possible breaches of NRL rules.

“The decision in no way forms a judgement on the allegations against Burgess which are serious and the NRL reserves the right to impose a No Fault Stand Down in the future.”

Burgess was granted conditional bail and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, April 13, but is free to play against the Canterbury Bulldogs this weekend.

St George Illawarra released a statement saying they acknowledged the NRL’s decision to not enforce the no-fault stand down policy on player George Burgess.

“Burgess will continue to train with the team and be considered for first grade selection,” the statement said.

“Out of the respect to the legal process now underway, the club will make no further comment until the matter is concluded.”

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