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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Tigers star banned after common assault guilty plea


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Wests Tigers utility Michael Chee Kam will be free to return in round nine against Penrith after the NRL club finalised his punishment for a common assault.

The Tigers on Wednesday stood Chee Kam down for two matches and fined the 27-year-old an undisclosed amount following his guilty plea in court last Wednesday.

Chee Kam has already served one game of his ban against the Gold Coast on Saturday night, while he was not named to face the Sydney Roosters this weekend.

It came after the NRL entered discussions with the club last Friday, who had originally deemed him free to play until his sentencing on May 7.

"Wests Tigers has worked closely with the NRL Integrity Unit throughout this process, which has now been finalised," the club said via a statement.

Michael Chee Kam of the Tigers

"The club has provided Chee Kam with additional support and education during this time, and will continue to work closely with him to uphold the strong values, behaviour and culture of Wests Tigers."

Chee Kam had originally been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in January, however that was withdrawn and dismissed in court last Wednesday.

NRL player Michael Kam (right) and his younger brother Livingston Kam leave Waverly Local Court in February

Instead the New Zealand-born forward pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of common assault over the December incident. He will be sentenced on May 7.

The two-game ban means Chee Kam can return as part of the NRL's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium - the same venue he was the last-minute hero for the Tigers against Brisbane in round five.

- AAP

Wests Tigers utility Michael Chee Kam will be free to return in round nine against Penrith after the NRL club finalised his punishment for a common assault.

The Tigers on Wednesday stood Chee Kam down for two matches and fined the 27-year-old an undisclosed amount following his guilty plea in court last Wednesday.

Chee Kam has already served one game of his ban against the Gold Coast on Saturday night, while he was not named to face the Sydney Roosters this weekend.

It came after the NRL entered discussions with the club last Friday, who had originally deemed him free to play until his sentencing on May 7.

"Wests Tigers has worked closely with the NRL Integrity Unit throughout this process, which has now been finalised," the club said via a statement.

Michael Chee Kam of the Tigers

"The club has provided Chee Kam with additional support and education during this time, and will continue to work closely with him to uphold the strong values, behaviour and culture of Wests Tigers."

Chee Kam had originally been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in January, however that was withdrawn and dismissed in court last Wednesday.

NRL player Michael Kam (right) and his younger brother Livingston Kam leave Waverly Local Court in February

Instead the New Zealand-born forward pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of common assault over the December incident. He will be sentenced on May 7.

The two-game ban means Chee Kam can return as part of the NRL's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium - the same venue he was the last-minute hero for the Tigers against Brisbane in round five.

- AAP

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