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Marshall targeted at Sydney nightspot

By Steve Jancetic 16/06/2008 07:48:03 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers superstar Benji Marshall has again come under attack by a member of the general public with the Kiwi international having to avoid being punched while at a Kings Cross nightspot.

Two years after being knocked down in a pub brawl, Marshall was targeted by another patron in the early hours of Monday morning at the Sapphire Lounge.

The man was removed from the premises by security staff, but according to reports, no charges were laid.

There was no indication that Marshall was at fault or that he provoked the attack, police reportedly commending the 23-year-old on his behaviour throughout the incident.

Marshall was at the nightclub after playing for the Tigers in Sunday's 44-6 loss to Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.

The Tigers said that they were happy with Marshall's explanation, which had been supported by their own investigations.

"Benji came up to see me today and walked me through it," Tigers chief executive Steve Noyce said.

"I've been making calls this afternoon and I understand from a police report that Benji was put under pressure by various people but handled it as well as he could.

"The police were saying he handled it very well, which is pleasing."

Asked if the matter was closed as far as the club was concerned, Noyce said:

"If other information comes forward I'm happy to take that on board, but at this stage the information, supported by police report, (indicates) the club doesn't need to take any action."

Marshall was unavailable for comment.

In March 2006 Marshall was knocked to the ground during a brawl at a Coffs Harbour pub.

He claimed at the time that the incident would change his views on heading out to nightspots in the future.

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