Ex-NRL player Lichaa charged over fracas

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Former NRL hooker Michael Lichaa faces charges and has undergone surgery on his arms following over a domestic-related assault at a Sydney home.

Lichaa, who played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs until being released at the end of the 2019 NRL season, was at a Connells Point home on Sunday morning when the alleged assault occurred.

Police allege Lichaa, 27, was involved in an argument at the house with another man and a 26-year-old woman, and assaulted the woman.

The other man's identity has not been disclosed, but the Bulldogs in a statement on Monday said they'd been made aware of an incident involving current player Adam Elliott.

Elliott has not been charged with any offences.

Lichaa suffered serious injuries to his arms and was taken to a Sydney hospital for surgery.

He was later charged with domestic-related assault, property destruction and intimidation offences, and was granted bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday.

Lichaa started his NRL career at Cronulla in 2014 before moving to the Bulldogs for the 2015 season. He played 98 NRL matches for the club.

He also played for Lebanon at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The NRL does not typically comment on non-registered players.

The Bulldogs said the incident involving Elliott had been reported to the NRL's integrity unit.

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