Posted: 13 October, 2016

Flano Blasts NRL For "Hanging Fifita Out To Dry"

Tags: Cronulla Sharks, Shane Flanagan

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The man who steered Cronulla to their first premiership has lashed out at the NRL's handling of the Fifita saga, with Shane Flanagan saying that the troubled grand final hero has been hung out to dry.

“They have hung him out to dry for a long period of time,” Flanagan said, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“The police had information, where is it, mate? Where is it?

“What has he done wrong? Can they just come out and tell me so we can deal with it. The police have spoken to Andrew about his association with Loveridge — the police aren’t doing anything about it. What’s the NRL doing? Why are they causing all this trouble for him?

“If they’ve got something then come out and tell us what they’ve got.

“If not, come out and say we’re satisfied with Andrew’s explanation and we wish him well. Away you go, son. Sorry. They won’t say that word sorry.

“I want to find out what Andrew has done wrong, what he is accused of.

“No-one has ever told us, bar supporting a bloke and he has apologised for that. I don’t know what else he has done.

“He has all this stuff hanging over his head. They started this investigation seven weeks ago and have still done nothing.”

Fifita came under fire for his public support for one punch killer Kieran Loveridge, and is currently waiting on the NRL Integrity Unit to finalise their investigation.

The inquiry was suspended until after the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Earlier on Triple M

An unrepentant Andrew Fifita claims he has had talks with Cronulla officials and his management about a move out of the NRL, amid fears one more indiscretion could mean the end of his rugby league career.

The Sharks premiership winning prop was banned from the Australian squad for the Four Nations due to his support for convicted killer Kieran Loveridge, who was a childhood friend.

In an emotional and at times confusing interview on Sky News on Tuesday night, Fifita said he was being forced out of the NRL. He also continued to deny he had done anything wrong in wearing a note of support for Loveridge on his strapping in several NRL games this season.

"I don't know if my contract is going to be ripped up tomorrow. I don't know if my contract is going to be ripped up in six months," Fifita said.

"I feel like I am on my last chance with the NRL. I know they they all know that.

"I am thinking the worst at the moment. I have one more mess up and I am out, my contract is up.

"So I have already approached my management team and I have had talks with the (Sharks) CEO (Lyall Gorman) about negotiating elsewhere in different codes."

In August Fifita was issued a police warning for consorting with criminals. The matter is under investigation by the NRL's integrity unit.

In the interview on Sky News' Jones and Co. hosted by Alan Jones with panellists Miranda Devine and Mark Latham, Fifita said he was being made an example of because of his support of Loveridge.

Loveridge has alleged links to the Lone Wolf bikie gang and is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the coward punch killing of Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross in 2012.

"It is wrong what he did," Fifita said.

"I have said it in the past I will say it again on TV, it took me two and a half years to forgive him.

"I haven't spoken to him since the police came to my door step, it is really tough.

"I have talked to his mother and let her know.

"I know he is inside and he keeps saying 'please, I am sorry for doing this'.

"(But) there is nothing wrong being done here, they are trying to make a fool of myself, someone high profile.

"Why didn't my best mate get done when we went to the jail. I don't know why I just got done."


Tags: Cronulla Sharks, Shane Flanagan

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