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Melbourne Storm: Christian Welch statement

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch has accepted the NRL’s findings following his breach of biosecurity protocols on Thursday night.

Welch has been issued with a breach notice and fined $20,000 for his indiscretion, $10,000 of which has been suspended.

Welch has also been stood down for today’s match against Wests Tigers but will return to the Storm bubble following the return of his negative COVID tests. He will be available for selection for the final round against the Dragons next week.

“I am deeply sorry and regretful for my actions,” Welch said.

“I’d like to thank my family, friends and the club for their support over the last couple of days. My actions have let everyone down including our amazing members and sponsors.

“I know it’s a privilege to play for this club and I deeply regret my behaviour. I fully accept the NRL sanctions and I will be doing everything I can to make up for it.”

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch has accepted the NRL’s findings following his breach of biosecurity protocols on Thursday night.

Welch has been issued with a breach notice and fined $20,000 for his indiscretion, $10,000 of which has been suspended.

Welch has also been stood down for today’s match against Wests Tigers but will return to the Storm bubble following the return of his negative COVID tests. He will be available for selection for the final round against the Dragons next week.

“I am deeply sorry and regretful for my actions,” Welch said.

“I’d like to thank my family, friends and the club for their support over the last couple of days. My actions have let everyone down including our amazing members and sponsors.

“I know it’s a privilege to play for this club and I deeply regret my behaviour. I fully accept the NRL sanctions and I will be doing everything I can to make up for it.”