Sonny Bill Williams has been cleared by the NRL over a COVID-19 breach after an interaction with an eager Sydney Roosters fan at Sydney Airport
Williams touched down in Australia on Thursday night after wild week of speculation over an NRL comeback saw the Roosters bag their former premiership-winner for the remainder of the season.
While a media cohort was there to greet the 34-year-old, a lone fan braved the cold to meet Williams, rushing him for a selfie as he emerged from his long haul flight.
Williams obliged despite ferrying his clearly exhausted family through the airport, but fans were quick to spot the error of his well-intentioned ways.
The fan had come within the 1.5 metre social distancing rule recommended by NSW Health and the NRL’s bio-security guidelines.
However, The Daily Telegraph reports that the NRL did not feel the incident posed an “issue” for Williams as he was wearing a mask at the time and separated from the fan by a fence.
“There is no issue. Like all returned travellers, Sonny Bill and his family are going into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days,” an NRL spokesperson told Newscorp.
The NRL also stressed that Williams’ mandatory returned traveller 14-day quarantine will safeguard him of any potential risks.