11 Mar 2009

NRL suspend Stewart after being charged over sexual assault

6:51 pm on 11 March 2009

Manly rugby league star Brett Stewart's been suspended by the NRL until round five after being charged with sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

The NRL has also fined Manly $100,000 for the boozy season launch last Friday that preceded the incident involving Stewart.

The ruling comes after Sea Eagles co-owner Scott Penn and chief executive Grant Mayer had crisis talks at NRL headquarters this morning in Sydney.

The talks followed the Manly board's insistence Stewart would play in this weekend's season opener against the Bulldogs.

Stewart was the face of the NRL's $1.5 million season marketing campaign which has had to be edited.

The Sea Eagles are also in the spotlight for Anthony Watmough's behaviour after the forward was involved in an altercation with a club sponsor at last Friday's controversial function.