SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Maika Sivo of the Eels makes a break during the round 6 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Eels star Maika Sivo returned to pre-season training on Monday after having his travel ban overturned.

However, the 26-year old is none the wiser on whether or not he’ll be playing this season.

The winger will likely learn his fate when his indecent assault case is heard in a Fijian court on February 17, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sivo is not required to appear in court but is allowed to continue training with Parramatta.

With his case expected to drag out for several months, the 26-year old is likely to be stood down under the NRL’s ‘no-fault’ policy.

He was charged with indecent assault for allegedly touching a waitress’ skirt at Denarau Island’s Wyndham Resort on Boxing Day.

Sivo was arrested and spent the night in a jail cell on December 29.

The NRL integrity unit is expected to make a call on whether he plays this season after his court hearing.


  1. Oh please touching a skirt who seriously believes that’s all he did to be in lock up for the night and having to front court. No wonder everybody thinks footballers are simple meatheads.

  2. He should have signed with the Broncos.
    If he did this would have already been swept under their enormous rug.

  3. Pulling at a skirt or even grabbing some butt is not going to result in a 11+ yr prison sentence. That’s the criteria to being stood down under the NRL no fault policy.

  4. Rooster
    Tyrone may got stood down he’s max sentence would be 5 years
    Dylan Walker got stood down he was looking at 12 months

  5. Yes Toddy but that was not due to the stand down policy. That was at Greenbergs discretion. I would be surprised if he butted in on this case (pardon pun) unless it is far more serious than what we are being told.

  6. I am not going to weigh in on whether or not he should be stood down as I have no idea on what actually happened. What I will say is if it is more serious than a pull on the skirt and he has done something that would seem to warrant an indecent assauly charge, than if he is stood down it would be disappointing from a Parra fan point of view, but understandable.

    Toddy, the difference with those 2 cases, where Greenberg stepped in and made a decision, is that there was evidence available that he could work with. There doesn’t seem to be in this case, so it would be hard for him to justify doing anything at this stage. That said, there was evidence available in the Fifita one too, and the NRL decided to do nothing about that…….

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