Brisbane Broncos young gun David Fifita is still in custody in Indonesia after allegedly assaulting a security guard in Bali, but his lawyer says he hopes to have the matter resolved as soon as possible.
Fifita was holidaying with Broncos teammate Payne Haas when the alleged brawl took place outside the La Favela nightlub in Seminyak.
It is the same venue where Melbourne Storm star Nelson Asofa-Solomona was involved in an altercation back in October.
Fifita’s lawyer, Muhamma Rifan, downplayed the allegations when speaking to reporters overnight.
UPDATE: Lawyer for David Fifita says the Bronco “doesn’t remember” hitting Bali security guard because “it was too quick and fast” and case is a “misunderstanding that can be solved immediately”. pic.twitter.com/uraXqTUuAr— Renae Henry (@renaehenry9) November 9, 2019
“His case is not really a big case, it’s only some misunderstanding and that we hope we can solve immediately,” Rifan said.
“He doesn’t remember because it was too quick and fast. Maybe something like that (is a) misunderstanding.”
It is understood that Fifita will be either freed or charged within 24 hours of his arrest.
Fifita allegedly struck guard while on a motorbike taxi
A police report obtained by Seven alleged the security guard was hit in the face by a foreigner who was riding a motorbike taxi.
"The perpetrator jumped from the motorbike and tried to approach the victim, but was prevented by ojek driver," the police report reads.
"The victim felt pain in his face and made a report at Kuta police station.
"Based on report, police went to the crime scene, asking witnesses and the victim. A bule (foreigner) that was allegedly the perpetrator was arrested.
"The perpetrator was taken to Kuta police station for further investigation.
"The alleged perpetrator could not be interrogated yet as he is still under the influence of alcohol."
The incident comes a fortnight after Fifita captained a Junior Kangaroos team to a win over France in Wollongong.
The 19-year-old is also set to enter the final year of his current contract, and is widely considered arguably the hottest free agent available for the 2021 season.
He has been linked with a number of rival clubs, including South Sydney.