Police investigate incident involving NSW player

IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 14:57 17/06/2013
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Police are investigating an alleged incident involving NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson at a Cronulla bar on Sunday night.

The Canberra star was out with former Raiders teammate Josh Dugan, who was celebrating his recall to the NSW side for game two in Brisbane next week.

Both players were present when the Blues went into camp in Sydney on Monday morning but were taken up in a lift with a team official for a meeting with coach Laurie Daley.

Daley later emerged to speak to the media.

"We have been made aware of an allegation and have been in contact with the NRL's integrity unit," Daley said reading from a prepared statement.

"We will continue to operate with the police investigation.

"Josh Dugan was with Blake at the time, but there has been no allegations made against him and we will update you as the matter continues."

Police revealed they'd already made preliminary inquiries.

"Police from Miranda Local Area Command are investigating an alleged incident at a licensed premises in Cronulla that occurred about 10.30pm last night," a NSW police spokesman said.

"Police have reviewed CCTV from the location and have interviewed a number of people.

"However, investigations into the matter are continuing."

The alleged incident occurred at 2230 Restaurant and Bar in Cronulla Mall.

The licensee, Scott Matteson, confirmed both Ferguson and Dugan were at the venue.

"We got a request later in the night from police for some footage in relation to an alleged assault, which was provided to police," Matteson said.

Matteson said he was unaware what the allegation involved but added there were about 70 people in the bar at the time.

"I was there. I wasn't in the vicinity of it but I was at the bar," he said.

The 23-year-old Ferguson has had a history of disciplinary problems during his career.

He was suspended by the Raiders earlier this season, fined $10,000 and ordered to undergo counselling after a drinking session with Dugan, who was sacked shortly after and has since resumed his career at St George Illawarra.

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