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Burgess was charged with sexual touching without consent on Monday night after a woman claimed she was inappropriately touched by the footballer. At this stage, the NRL’s Integrity Unit has not interviewed Burgess over the allegations but has started working with NSW Police in relation to the matter.The charge Burgess is facing carries a maximum five-year sentence and does not automatically trigger the no-fault stand down policy, which has a threshold of an 11-year sentence or greater.Stream every game of every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free During Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now >But Abdo said the NRL’s discretionary powers to immediately ban Burgess from taking the field could be ‘invoked’ in the next two days.“In terms of the no-fault stand down policy will be invoked that will be something reviewed expentiantly and a decision made in the next or two depending on how long it takes to get all the information,” Abdo said at the NRL’s launch of multicultural round. After a stint in the UK Super League, Burgess made a return to the NRL after overcoming a serious hip injury to play his 150th game last weekend against the Penrith Panthers. The Dragons are free to name Burgess in the side to take on Cronulla in the local derby on Thursday night. “We haven’t made a decision on what the action will take but until we do that, that’s a matter for the Dragons and the player to decide. I’m not sure if they will put him up, that’s a matter for them. Once we have reviewed all the facts, we’ll make a decision on whether or not we will invoke the no-fault stand down policy,” Abdo said. It’s believed the incident occurred at a South Sydney residence earlier this month. Police have not released any further details. Abdo was ‘disappointed’ the NRL is now facing another off-field incident involving an allegation against a player levelled by a female. “Any time there is a negative headline, or an allegation of indiscretion it’s never a good day or time for us. We have to look at the facts and decide what we’ll do next. As I said earlier it is disappointing. However, this has only just happened,” Abdo said.

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