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Taylan May ‘regrets’ pub fight that led to controversial ban… but WILL miss the preliminary final

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Taylan May ‘regrets’ bar fight that led to controversial NRL ban postponed…

  • Taylan May threw a man to the ground in a pub in Queensland last year
  • He was found guilty of assault with bodily harm and fined $1,000
  • The NRL fined him $7,500 and suspended him for two games as a result
  • But the suspension was controversially postponed until next season
  • May will miss Penrith’s preliminary final after pleading guilty to high tackle

Penrith star Taylan May has admitted he “regrets” attacking a man on the Sunshine Coast last year but insisted his focus was now firmly on football after the NRL imposed a controversial suspension on him.

The 21-year-old was filmed throwing a man, who allegedly harassed Penrith star Nathan Cleary, to the ground in a Maroochydore pub.

CCTV footage shows May grabbing the man from behind and then throwing him off his feet before his teammates intervened.

Taylan May said he regretted attacking a man in a pub on the Sunshine Coast last year

Last week Penrith’s young gun was found guilty of assault with bodily harm by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court, but no conviction was registered.

May was fined $1,000 by the court and ordered to pay the victim an additional $1,000, while the NRL fined him $7,500 – with half the amount suspended.

The NRL banned May from two games before the incident, but controversially decided to postpone the suspension until next week, allowing him to play in the final.

Speaking with the Daily TelegramMay admitted he regretted the incident.

Panthers winger (circled) grabbed a man from behind and threw him to the ground in a pub

Panthers winger (circled) grabbed a man from behind and threw him to the ground in a pub

“I regret what I’ve done,” he said.

‘It was a crazy week, but I just’ [had] my mind on footy and focused on that. Whatever happened, happened. I got my punishment, so I tried to focus on what I could do.’

South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou criticized the NRL’s handling of the situation, suggesting that May should not have been allowed to play in the final.

The NRL controversially allowed May to play in the final after the suspension was postponed

The NRL controversially allowed May to play in the final after the suspension was postponed

“It’s not something I agree with, that doesn’t mean I agree with the suspension,” he said. NRL 360 . from Fox League earlier this week.

“I think if you’re suspended, you’re suspended. I think the water is murky when you’re trying to pick and choose when a play can and can’t be suspended.’

Curiously, however, May received praise from rugby league Phil Gould, who claimed the winger should be ‘congratulated’ for defusing the situation.

Phil Gould bizarrely claimed that May should have been 'congratulated' on his actions

Phil Gould bizarrely claimed that May should have been ‘congratulated’ on his actions

Why argue about when Taylan May should be suspended? Why was he suspended at all?” he tweeted.

 

Video clearly shows he defused the situation before it escalated. Why are footballers always wrong? May be congratulated.’

However, May will miss Penrith’s preliminary final in two weeks after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle charge following the Panthers’ 27-8 win against Parramatta.

May will miss the preliminary final after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle on Eels center Will Penisini during the first half of Penrith's 27-8 win against Parramatta

May will miss the preliminary final after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle on Eels center Will Penisini during the first half of Penrith’s 27-8 win against Parramatta

The winger was scapegoated for his hit on Eels center Will Penisini during the first half of Friday night’s game and was charged with a category two charge.

May risked missing both the preliminary round and the grand final by unsuccessfully pleading his case to the judiciary and has accepted a one-match suspension.

The reigning Prime Ministers play in the preliminary final against Cronulla of South Sydney.

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