Allgood’s Mad Monday charge

Mitch Allgood, left, pictured on Monday with Ben Smith, centre, and Luke Kelly.Parramatta Eels player Mitch Allgood has been charged with mid-range drink-driving following his team’s Mad Monday celebrations.

Fairfax Media obtained a picture of the 24-year-old drinking with teammates Ben Smith and Luke Kelly just hours before he was arrested and charged.

An official statement from the club said Allgood was “incredibly remorseful and understands the danger he not only put himself in but also the general public”.

Police allege that Allgood returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.131 after he was pulled over by a motorcycle response team at Parramatta about 7.40pm.

After allegedly failing the roadside breath test on Ross Street he was taken back to Parramatta police station where he was formally charged.

His licence has been suspended and he was ordered to appear before Parramatta Local Court on September 23.

It is understood some of the Parramatta players drank beer together on Sunday night after their loss to the Newcastle Knights.

The celebrations continued on Monday, when a number of players gathered to drink in the Parramatta area.

Officials at the club confirmed the Allgood incident in a statement on Tuesday morning.

An internal investigation was under way and the matter had been flagged with NRL integrity unit.

“This is a police matter and will be dealt with accordingly,” the statement said.

“At the completion of an internal investigation, the club will consider the appropriate disciplinary action for this breach of the NRL and Club Codes of Conduct.

The incident came after Parramatta’s’s interim CEO, Matt Phelan, issued a statement about Mad Monday celebrations.

“The NRL season is a long one, so today is a day for the players to unwind and bond in a controlled environment.

“There is nothing wrong with the boys enjoying themselves – but no matter what day of the year it is, the players are expected to abide by the NRL and club’s code of conduct.”

The club said it would not be making any further comment.

with Adrian Proszenko

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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