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Radradra to fight DV charges: manager

  • Radradra to fight DV charges: manager

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Semi Radradra warms up during a Parramatta Eels r at the Eels Training Centre on July 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Troubled Parramatta star Semi Radradra has told the NRL club he wants to play against Cronulla.

Radradra snuck into training on Friday morning and bypassed the media as coach Brad Arthur spoke to reporters.

Radradra's first training session in two weeks lasted 45 minutes and it came hours after he was arrested by police after his arrival in Sydney from Fiji.

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He was charged with three counts of domestic violence against his ex-partner in 2014 and 2015.

Radradra was released on conditional bail.

Earlier Arthur said he would give Radradra the option of standing down from his side's NRL clash against the Sharks on Saturday night.

"I don't know a lot about it. It's happened really quickly. I tried to put in a call this morning and I'm not sure where it's at," Arthur said before the training session.

Asked whether he would give Radradra the option of standing down, Arthur said: "Yes."

Pressed further on whether Radradra would be in the right frame of mind to play, he said: "Like I said, I haven't spoken to Semi (so) we'll talk to him and see where he's at.

"The first process is we need to talk to Semi and his manager and see how he is. The priority for us is his welfare at the moment. Until I've spoken to him, it's very hard.

"Whether I'm happy with it or not, that's just how it is. That's the situation.

"We need to talk to Semi and need to go through the whole process. We need to speak to the NRL. There's a lot of stuff to happen."

Parramatta confirmed they were aware of the charges on Friday morning, and that they would work closely with the NRL's integrity unit on the matter.

"This is a serious matter and the club is treating it as such," director Geoff Gerard said.

"In accordance with our club's values, Semi will be afforded the presumption of innocence."

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