The NRL will allow Penrith winger Taylan May to play in the NRL Finals despite handing him a two match suspension after he was found guilty of an assault charge in Queensland.
May was found guilty of ‘assault occasioning bodily harm’ in court last week as a result of an incident from October last year. No conviction was recorded.
The NRL had been monitoring the situation and the Integrity Unit had previously opted against standing May down.
Today, the league handed May a Breach Notice proposing a match suspension of two NRL Premiership Competition Matches, to be served at the commencement of the 2023 NRL Telstra Premiership, a fine of $7,500 (50 per cent suspended) and a requirement that May attend such counselling, education and training as recommended by the NRL’s Education and Wellbeing team.
“In proposing the timing of the match suspension, the NRL considered a number of factors including when the incident took place, the date at which the proceedings were finalised and the impact of a match suspension at this time of year,” the NRL said in a statement.
“It is proposed the fine and education requirements be effective immediately.”
May has five business days to respond to the Breach Notice.