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Mitchell Pearce has been stood down from training by the Sydney Roosters indefinitely in the wake of his drunken Australian Day celebrations in which he simulated a lewd act with a dog.
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The Roosters released a statement on Thursday morning, 12 hours after footage was aired on the Nine Network's A Current Affair, saying that Pearce would not be involved with the club until an internal investigation was completed.
"The club wishes to advise that Mitchell Pearce has been stood down from all training commitments until the club concludes its internal investigation," read the statement.
"The club continues to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and will be making no further comment at this time."
It is unclear at this stage what punishment Pearce will face from the Roosters. The NRL are also set to investigate the incident.
The footage shows a female reject Pearce's advances and attempt to kiss him, saying "I'm a lesbian", before the Roosters captain turns his attention to the canine.
Pearce was then seen picking up the dog and simulating a sex act. The woman in the video then accuses the 26-year-old of urinating on himself and the couch.
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On Thursday morning, The Rugby League Players Association issued a statement which read: "It is not appropriate to comment on the circumstances of the case without knowing all of the facts, but the Association has been in touch with club and NRL officials to reinforce that any investigation must follow due process, which we have been assured will occur in this matter.
It added that the RLPA would provide Pearce with "appropriate wellbeing support as needed."
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