Thu. May 19th, 2022

The men, Damon Finn, Connor Marsh and Reece Laria – believed to be friends of Panthers player Nathan Cleary – allegedly traveled into Sunshine State using a wrong border card to cheer on their partner from the sidelines.

According to media reports, Marsh, Cleary and Laria are roommates, and it is understood that the trio live together in a Penrith condominium.

Nathan Cleary's friends accused of alleged border crossing to watch NRL GF
Damon Finn, Connor Marsh and Reece Laria are believed to be friends with Panthers player Nathan Cleary and allegedly traveled into Sunshine State using a wrong border card to cheer on their partner (9News)

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said today that the men may have used an ‘F’ passport.

“They may have traveled with an F passport, and it may not have been a valid passport,” she said.

“If you sneak across borders, you are putting society at risk.

“It does not matter why you come by.”

Queensland Police claim the trio crossed the state border on Saturday using the passport, and then went on to watch the game.

    Nathan Cleary of the Panthers is awarded the Clive Churchill Medal
Nathan Cleary’s friends allegedly sneaked into Queensland using a false passport. (Getty)

9News does not suggest that Cleary was aware of the alleged violations.

The 23, 24 and 25-year-old came to the attention of officers after posting a recently deleted photo on social media allegedly partying on the Gold Coast.

They were intercepted at a hotel yesterday, fined more than $ 4,000 each and ordered to return to Sydney.

The NRL Integrity Unit will speak to Nathan Cleary early next week to determine if he was aware of his friend’s breakup.

If it turns out to be involved, officials do not rule out their own sanctions against the Penrith co-captain

NSW police have since confirmed that they are investigating whether more friends also traveled illegally to Queensland.

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