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Setaimata Sa stood down by Roosters

31/08/2009 07:28:46 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters utility Setaimata Sa will be hauled before the NRL club's board to explain why his playing contract should not be torn up after he was charged with four offences following an alleged incident at a Sydney hotel on Sunday night.

In the latest in a long line of off-field incidents to hit the NRL and in particularly the Roosters this season, Sa will appear in court on September 23.

The 21-year-old will be charged with assault, resisting arrest, failure to leave a licensed premises and malicious damage after police were called to the Coogee Bay Hotel shortly before 10pm on Sunday.

The Kiwi international was on Monday stood down from all club activities, with chief executive Steve Noyce saying Sa would be breached in terms of his contract for bringing the game in disrepute as well as being forced to explain his involvement to the Roosters board.

Sa is contracted to the club through to the end of the 2012, but that now deal now appears in some danger.

"Sa has a contract with the club that places certain demands on him both with his football and off field," Noyce said.

"He'll be breached in terms of that playing contract and as a result of the information that we glean moving forward and working with the police, then the board are in a position to take into account all the facts to make an appropriate decision."

While the Roosters have had a shocking year on the field with the club headed for its first wooden spoon since 1966, their performance off it has been worse.

Hooker Jake Friend and winger Sandor Earl are still facing court after being charged over an alleged assault at a Sydney nightclub in June.

Coach Brad Fittler was forced to fine himself $10,000 after a drunken late night incident at a Townsville hotel while Origin star Nate Myles was suspended for six games and fined $50,000 after defecating on the floor of a Central Coast hotel.

To date their off-field atrocities outweigh their wins in 2009, with Noyce admitting tough action was needed to created a better culture, something he believes will be helped by the arrival of veteran coach Brian Smith in 2010.

"I think the coach has a lot to do with your culture and we've got new coach coming in who has a history of creating strong cultures with strong disciplines," Noyce said.

"Clearly we've been here too many times this year, seeing all these people (media) here is not good.

"The players knew from the last time there was a serious incident that we needed to change as a club.

"We set high standards and we've let people down."

Noyce said he was yet to determine the financial hit the list of off-field incidents had dealt the club, with major sponsor Samsung yet to commit for next year.

"There's no doubt that's there," Noyce said in relation to the possibility of a sponsor backlash, with major sponsor Samsung yet to commit for the 2010 season.

"Its out job to get on the front foot and go and talk to sponsors. I'm sure that people will see that we're taking action and we're moving forward."

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