Manly hooker Manase Fainu charged over alleged stabbing

Manase Fainu handed himself into police on Tuesday following an incident in Sydney on Friday.

Manly Sea Eagles hooker Manase Fainu has been charged by police after an alleged stabbing outside a church in Sydney’s south west.

The 21-year-old handed himself into Liverpool Police Station on Tuesday morning and will face court later in the day after being denied bail, following an incident at a dance festival on Friday night.

Fainu was charged with "wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company," according to a New South Wales Police statement.

The statement added: "Police will allege in court that the man was involved in an altercation when he produced a knife and stabbed another man."

Speaking outside the police station, Fainu's legal representative Elias Tabchouri told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Our client is innocent, we believe in our client and we will follow other avenues now to secure his liberty."

Fainu will automatically be suspended by the NRL as part of their 'no-fault stand down rule'.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said the rule made no judgment on guilt or innocence, but protected the reputation of the game and its stakeholders. 

"The no-fault stand down rule provides for the automatic stand down of players on a no-fault basis where they are charged with a serious criminal offence," he said. 

"Given the charges, Manase Fainu is automatically subject to the no-fault stand down rule, which will remain in place until the outcome of the court proceedings."