Radradra fails to appear in court


Parramatta Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr confirmed Semi Radradra had been granted compassionate leave after the star's no-show for a court hearing.

Radradra was allowed to return to his homeland Fiji and failed to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday.

The 24-year-old is facing domestic violence charges and a warrant for his arrest was issued, albeit suspended to give him a chance to explain his absence.

"The Parramatta National Rugby League Club was informed by Semi Radradra last Wednesday that it was his understanding from family, including his mother, that his father was gravely ill," Gurr said in a statement.

"In consultation with his legal team and Semi's management, the club granted Semi compassionate leave to return home to Fiji. This was granted on the proviso that Semi and his management complied with any requirements from the court.

"The club understands the stress a family illness can provide and at all times we are considerate of the welfare of both Semi and his family.

"On Friday 25 November 2016 the court confirmed that the hearing would proceed on Monday 28 November 2016 and that, subject to the delivery of supporting documentation around the seriousness of the illness of Semi's father, that Semi was obligated to appear in court.

"Our club supported this reasonable position of the court.

"With today's court ruling whereby Semi has been issued with a warrant, suspended until Wednesday 30 November 2016, we continue to work with Semi's manager to ensure Semi is in compliance with all future court requests."