17 Sep 2008

Brisbane nightclub to ban footballers

6:49 pm on 17 September 2008

One of Brisbane's hip nightclubs has banned footballers after three of the city's high-profile rugby league players were linked to sexual assault allegations.

The Uber nightclub at West End will no longer allow footballers entry.

But the nightclub manager says the decision isn't related to the sexual assault allegations made against three Brisbane Broncos players.

Broncos and Queensland State of Origin stars Karmichael Hunt, Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday have been named as the three players questioned by police over the alleged assault.

A 24-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted in the male toilets of the Alhambra Lounge in inner-city Fortitude Valley on Saturday night.

Uber has been in the headlines with two NRL players - Cronulla's Greg Bird and North Queensland's Sione Faumuina - arrested earlier this year after drinking-related incidents.

Bird was released without charge, but police charged Faumuina with wilful damage and being disorderly on a licensed premises.

Uber bar manager Isaac Zietek says the behaviour of some high-profile footballers has become "progressively more disrespectful over the years".

He says it's not worth the risk, and players will now be turned away.