NRL bans Barba, police investigate domestic violence case

Troubled rugby league star Ben Barba poses with his partner Ainslie Currie at the 2012 Dally M awards

NRL boss Todd Greenberg said it's the end of the road for Barba.

Reigning Man of Steel Ben Barba will not be welcome back in Super League if he is banned by the NRL, the Rugby Football League has warned.

"His registration with the game is no longer and I can't see a time, at any time in the future, that he'll be welcomed back", Greenberg told a press conference, in a...

Barba was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night after leaving the English Super League to join the club ahead of the 2019 season, and Greenberg threatened the Dally M Medal victor with a life ban from the NRL if he was proved to have been violent towards a woman.

Greenberg, who revealed he had not had any contact with Barba, said he would not call for a worldwide sanction.

Barba's behaviour and several other off-season incidents in the NRL will be discussed at a meeting of the ARL Commission in Sydney this Wednesday.

He says when there's evidence of wrongdoing, the league will come down hard on players.

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"We'll treat every case on its merits, but when there's violence and where there's violence against women it will sit on top of the scale, " he said.

Rugby league standout Ben Barba, who has had stints in France and England, was kicked out of the sport in Australia on Tuesday over allegations of domestic violence.

"Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can't see him ever returning". The 29-year-old has had some rugby experience, joining French giants Toulon on a $2.5 million two-year deal back in 2017 but was cut after just three months and four games.

But trouble soon followed as he was suspended for 12 weeks when he recorded his second illicit drugs strike after the Sharks' premiership celebrations.

"These decisions affect people's livelihoods, they affect families, children, so they're big moments and you want to make sure you get them right", he said.

"This is an enormous outcome because this is a guy that now loses his livelihood and career in the game".

Barba may be forced to continue his tainted career in overseas rugby after Rugby Australia CEO Raylene Castle said she'll stand by any ban enforced by the NRL.

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