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‘Can’t see a time when he’ll be welcomed back’: NRL bans Barba for life over alleged assault


Ben Barba has been rubbed out of the NRL for good.

CEO Todd Greenberg ensured this when he served the sacked Cowboys recruit with a lifelong ban from the game on Tuesday.

On Sunday, after Barba’s new club terminated his contract, the NRL boss said he would refuse to register any future Barba deal if the former Dally M Medal recipient was found to have abused his partner.

And after reviewing CCTV footage from the Townsville casino where the incident took place, he revealed there was sufficient evidence.

“There was a physical altercation between the player and his partner,” Greenberg said.

“I can’t see a time at any time in the future when he’ll be welcomed back.”

Greenberg was emotional during the announcement, revealing he felt for Barba’s family.

“These decisions affect people’s livelihoods, they affect familes, children, so they’re big moments and you wantt to make sure you get them right,” he continued.

“This is an enormous outcome, because this is a guy who now loses his livelihood, and his career in the game.


Published by Joe McDonough, 5th February 2019 on



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