The Rugby League Players' Association has condemned the NRL's move to stand down Manly star Brett Stewart from playing until round five.
Stewart's been charged with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female at following a boozy club season launch.
The NRL announced Stewart was suspended from playing until round five - after his assault charge is heard in court.
Player's Association spokesman Matt Rodwell says Stewart shouldn't be stood down because he's been charged with a criminal offence particularly when he's indicated he'll defend the charge.
Rodwell says just like anyone else a player is entitled to the presumption of innocence.