Eels star Semi Radradra under threat of arrest

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Eels star Semi Radradra under threat of arrest

But Gurr admits it's not ideal the star winger will face court over domestic violence charges less than three weeks before the 2017 season begins.

Semi Radradra's sudden departure and no-show at court for a domestic violence hearing is "sort of explained" by his father's medical emergency, according to a Sydney magistrate who will not take the matter further.

Radradra's manager George Christodoulou was quick to deny the deal was done, saying Toulon had "jumped the gun" in declaring the signature.

Speculation has buzzed around Radradra's playing future, after the French rugby powerhouse club Toulon reported on its website that it had signed the player on a one-year deal with the option of a second year.

Radradra is contracted with the Eels until the end of 2017.

The move signals a change of code from league to union for the 24 year old.

Embattled Parramatta Eels player Semi Radradra has signed with French rugby club Toulon.

"The club understands the stress a family illness can provide and at all times we are considerate of the welfare of both Semi and his family", Bernie Gur, the team's CEO, said in a statement.

Radradra's father was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and asthma and was in "significant difficulty", the court heard.

The offences were allegedly committed against his former partner Perina Ting in Parramatta between October 2014 and May 2015.

While refusing to comment on legal proceedings, Gurr did concede the timing of Radradra's hearing was inconvenient given it was set down only a couple of weeks before the season starts.

"We're merely going through this in steps".

Gurr argued it was justifiable to let Radradra go back to Fiji to see his sick dad, but wouldn't weigh-in on the winger's domestic violence charge.

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