Brisbane Broncos star halfback Peter Wallace has been charged after a scuffle with pub bouncers during a night of partying on the Sunshine Coast.
A police source has confirmed Wallace was arrested after refusing to leave O’Malley’s Irish pub at Mooloolaba about midnight (AEST).
It is believed Wallace was celebrating his 23rd birthday.
While not officially naming Wallace, police media said a 23-year-old had been issued with a notice to appear in court in relation to failing to leave a licensed premise and disorderly conduct at licensed premises.
Wallace is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 14.
This is the latest in a string of incidents involving Brisbane Broncos players.
Three players are under investigation over an alleged sexual assault at a Brisbane nightclub, and captain Darren Lockyer has admitted to manhandling a bar manager during a drunken night out.
A spokeswoman for O’Malley’s declined to comment.
Comment is being sought from the Broncos.
The alleged incident has come after a tumultuous year for the Brisbane Broncos.
Karmichael Hunt, Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday are currently under investigation over an alleged sexual assault at a Brisbane nightclub.
Captain Darren Lockyer recently admitted to manhandling a bar manager during a drunken night out, only after video evidence proved it was him.
To combat the drinking culture at the club, last week Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen and coach Ivan Henjak introduced a strict anti-drinking policy for players.
The 10-point plan includes curfews and no drinking between some matches.
Cullen said the change was a result of a very young squad with a “lack of strong, mature leadership group”.
He said breaking the rules would result in players being suspended.
It is understood Wallace received a small cut to his head and was not seriously injured.
The Brisbane Broncos have launched their own investigation into the matter and a spokesman is expected to make a comment later on Monday.