International star pays HUGE fine for assault on teammate

Japan loose forward Amanaki Mafi has been discharged without conviction but ordered to pay £25,720 pounds after he pled guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand in 2018, local media reported on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old’s case was called into the Dunedin District Court on Tuesday in his absence where a guilty plea was entered to one count of assaulting Wallabies loose forward Timani with intent to injure.

Judge John MacDonald granted a discharge without conviction and stated that it should not be suggested that Mafi had “somehow bought [his] way out of a conviction”.

The case stems from the night following the Melbourne Rebels’ 43-37 defeat at the hands of the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 14 last year, in a loss which ended the Australian side’s hopes of qualifying for the Super Rugby play-offs.

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