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Scott free to play despite arrest on Australia Day

New Canberra Raiders recruit Curtis Scott is free to play in Round One of the new NRL season after it was announced by the NRL that he would not be subject to the ‘no fault stand down’ policy.

Scott has pleaded not guilty to seven charges following his arrest on Australia Day, including two counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty.

In a statement made by the NRL, the league said that the decision was not a view on Scott’s guilt or innocence, and reiterated the seriousness of his charges.

“Scott’s charges carry a maximum five years imprisonment and do not qualify for an automatic no-fault stand down,” the statement said.

“Having considered the charges against Scott, the NRL has determined that he should not be prevented from playing whilst he responds to them.

“The NRL regards the charges as extremely serious and the Raiders have been advised Scott will face a significant penalty if found guilty of the charges.”

The ex-Storm player will likely start in the centres for the Raiders when they kick off their season against the Titans on Friday, 13 March.

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