SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Ben Barba of the Sharks watches on during the round 13 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium on June 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Ben Barba is set fight his lifetime NRL ban, as reported by the The Australian.

The 26-year old was sacked by North Queensland and exiled from the league after being charged with two counts of public nuisance on Australia Day. He is set to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.

The troubled star escaped domestic violence charges as his partner did file a complaint.

Barba's lawyer Campbell MacCallum revealed his client's intentions to return to the game on Tuesday.

“He’s expressed his desire to play football this year. He wants to explore his options in relation to challenging the NRL ban and hopefully play rugby league in some capacity,” MacCallum told The Australian.

“I don’t think he’d play NRL but certainly local football. That’s going to help his focus.

“He’s feeling the pressure of the media on him — he’s also feeling the pressure of not being able to play the game he loves. It’s certainly pretty distressing for himself and a trying time for his family.”

North Queensland welfare have remained in contact with Barba throughout this period, however, coach Paul Green was coy when asked if the former Dally M medallist should play again.

“It’s probably not for me to comment,” Green said.


  1. Can’t be serious this fella. Your 30 this year so start preparing for 35 years of work you weak piece of crap

  2. So despite damning video evidence to the contrary he is not going to be charged with domestic violence and the DPP, police and courts are not willing to proceed further with it. Yet they are proceeding with the Walker case despite the partner not wanting to press charges. Smells of inconsistency yet again.

  3. He has just had 6 months of the real world, thought he’s had enough of working for a living so now he wants back in. Whats the matter, working not paying enough to feed your habit ?

  4. Its totally biased, the cowboys glamour club and their puppet Greenberg woll have flashed the cash and got the DPP to go lightly. Barba is one of Toddy’s favourites and Toddy always looks after his own.


  5. Kevin the CLOWN


    WE don’t want anything to do with the mongrel.💩 Parra need a fullback Kev. Beven French looks as though he is not up to the rigors of being a Wooden Spoon fullback. Maybe the woman basher might get a run with the Eels💪🐔👍

  6. It is nothing about bias but rather how the system works.

    In QLD there is no such thing as a charge of domestic violence. You can be charged for breaching an existing DV order by committing an act of DV, So technically you are charged for breaching the order and not the actual act of violence itself. This charge is a Regina offence so you so not need a complainant to proceed but you do need an existing DV order in place.

    What people call a Domestic Violence offence are usually things like Assault and wilful damage etc. These offences are NOT Regina offences and therefore need a complainant to proceed.

    So if Barba DOES NOT have a current existing DV Order with his partner AND she refuses to make a complaint of assault etc, the best police can do is apply for a Domestic and Family Violence Protection Order and charge him for other Regina offences like Public Nuisance, Disorderly etc.

    The only good news is, that once this order is in place AND it is breached, the grub has a really good chance of doing decent time, depending on the seriousness. In fact there is mandatory sentencing procedures in place.

    The system is rubbish but it is what it is.

  7. Nah, it’s easier to call “conspiracy”. Unfortunately, sad but true for some people.
    Well done TK for providing the factual explanation, which I found interesting too by the way.

  8. Talk about a backward State. I suppose that’s why Barba opted to come back to Australia via Queensland, so he can still belt up his silly woman and get away with it because she is to scared to leave him or complain. If she stays with him he will probably give her brain damage or death.🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  9. You are a goose.

    NSW has the same system as QLD. The only difference is they call their orders AVO not DVO.

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