4 Apr 2012

Thousands sign violence against women petition

6:03 am on 4 April 2012

Brisbane father of two Tony Simpson has taken on the National Rugby League, calling for an automatic one-year ban for rugby league players found guilty of violence against women.

Simpson's internet campaign, launched over the weekend, was heading yesterday towards 10,000 signatures.

Simpson's motivation for the campaign came via the former West Tiger Robert Lui, who was found guilty last month of assaulting his partner last year. Lui was subsequently released by the Tigers and joined North Queensland, the Cowboys suspending the halfback but not sacking him after the verdict was handed down.

A West Tigers fan himself, Simpson says he's prepared to present his petition to league's top officials if it means they take a stronger stance against domestic violence.