Taylan May regrets pub brawl that led to controversial ban… but WILL miss preliminary final

Taylan May regrets pub brawl that led to controversial NRL suspended ban… but Panthers gun WILL miss preliminary final after pleading guilty to careless handling charge

  • Taylan May threw a man to the floor in a pub in Queensland last year
  • He was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and fined $1,000
  • The NRL fined him $7,500 and banned him for two games as a result
  • But the suspension was controversially postponed until next season
  • May to miss Penrith 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 he is now firmly focused on football after the NRL hit him with a controversial suspension.

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

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

Taylan May regrets pub brawl that led to controversial ban… but WILL miss preliminary final

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

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

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

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

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, May admitted he regretted the incident.

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

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

“I regret what I did,” he said.

“It’s been a crazy week, but I just [had] my mind on footy and focused on that. What’s done is done. I got my punishment, so I tried to focus on what I could.’

South Sydney coach Jason Dimitriou criticized the NRL’s handling of the situation, suggesting May should not have been cleared to play in the finals.

The NRL controversially allowed May to play in the finals after the suspension was lifted

The NRL controversially allowed May to play in the finals after the suspension was lifted

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

“I think if you get suspended, you get suspended. I think it muddies the water if you try to pick and choose when a project can and can’t be put on hold.”

Surprisingly, however, May received praise from rugby league champion Phil Gould, who claimed the winger should be “congratulated” for defusing the situation.

Phil Gould oddly supported May for his actions

Phil Gould oddly supported May for his actions

“Why argue about when Taylan May’s suspension should be served? Why was he suspended?” he tweeted.

“The video clearly shows that the situation was defused before it escalated. Why do footballers always make mistakes? May must be congratulated.’

May, however, will miss Penrith’s preliminary final in two weeks’ time after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle 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 over 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 over Parramatta.

The winger was booked for his tackle on Eels center Will Penisini during the first half of Friday night’s game and given a Category 2 charge.

May risked missing both the preliminary and grand final by unsuccessfully taking his case to the judiciary and accepting a one-match ban.

The reigning premiers will play either Cronulla or South Sydney in the qualifying final.

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