Ex-Hull FC man Albert Kelly’s punishment revealed following Brisbane Broncos incident

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Albert Kelly is set to be banned by the NRL integrity unit following the incident with teammate Payne Haas.

News Corp has revealed that Haas and Kelly will be given suspensions of up to two games in the 2022 campaign.

Broncos coach Kevin Walters insists that Haas will not be sacked by the club with this his third unsavoury incident in his Broncos career.

“We support Payne 100 per cent,” Walters said.

“We love what he does on the field and he is working hard on himself off the field.

“I’m disappointed it happened. I wasn’t pissed off because I know what blokes are like. I’ve been living in this world for a long time, things can happen.

“It’s just an incident and those two boys are remorseful for their actions.

“I don’t think Payne did a whole lot wrong. He was trying to do the right thing by his teammate who stepped out of line.

“He tried to calm the situation.”

It is understood the clash between the pair broke out as Broncos players celebrated the birthday of Kelly, who turned 31 the day after Brisbane’s round 2 defeat of the Bulldogs in Sydney on Sunday, March 20.

But Haas turned on Kelly, calling him a “f***ing c***” before unleashing a left jab which connected with Kelly, who was heavily intoxicated.

It appears the clash was sparked by Kelly stepping on Haas’ foot, with the five-eighth saying: “Why would I step on your shoes.”

Brisbane have now sent a report to the NRL integrity-unit chiefs which identified Kelly as the perpetrator.

Sources suggested at the time Kelly was being a “drunken pest”, according to the Daily Telegraph and angered Haas after repeatedly jumping on his shoes which Haas took exception to

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