NRL investigating after Victor Radley was 'kicked off flight'

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The NRL integrity unit is investigating reports Victor Radley was kicked off a Gold Coast flight on Saturday night. Pic: Getty
The NRL integrity unit is investigating reports Victor Radley was kicked off a Gold Coast flight on Saturday night. Pic: Getty

Victor Radley could be in hot water with the NRL again after the integrity unit launched an investigation into why he was was kicked off a Gold Coast flight over the weekend.

The Roosters lock - currently serving a five-game suspension - is believed to have been removed from a flight to Sydney on Saturday night, after the club's loss to the Titans.

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Radley was not travelling with the rest of the Roosters squad and instead went with friends to watch his mate Ben Thomas make his debut.

It's understood he was removed from the flight on Saturday night while allegedly intoxicated and instead flew home with Roosters officials on Sunday morning.

There is no suggestion he was abusive or violent towards staff and the Roosters have since informed the NRL of the matter.

"The integrity is aware of an alleged incident and is liaising with the club," an NRL spokesman told AAP.

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It's not the first time Radley has been looked at by the integrity unit this year.

He was handed a two-match ban in March for a breach of the game's code of conduct when he allegedly tackled a man outside a house party in Byron Bay.

The 23-year-old was last month denied a State of Origin debut when he was suspended for five games over a high tackle and dangerous contact.

Victor Radley is currently serving a five-game NRL ban. Pic: Getty
Victor Radley is currently serving a five-game NRL ban. Pic: Getty

Radley denies tackling style is an issue

The NRL confirmed on Tuesday he would be able to return in round 17, with Origin I counting towards his ban given he was likely to be picked for NSW.

Origin II does not count, however.

Radley defended his tackling style after unsuccessfully trying to appeal his ban at the judiciary last month.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson did admit at the time that his player would have to adjust his style to avoid similar penalties in the future.

"It takes some time and that's what Victor's saying," Robinson said.

"He's got a very good tackle technique. He admitted it needs to go lower. So there's no doubt he needs to go lower but he's also right in that all these people saying he should just tackle low, just go low, well you're going to get knocked out more.

"If the idea is to reduce concussions then don't ask the players to all go low in the tackle.

"Victor said that he needs to get his tackle lower, so that's not saying what he got charged for wasn't right.

"He believes in the judiciary but it's silly to think that everyone should just start tackling low. That's archaic."

with AAP

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