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Rugby star Mike Phillips suspended by WRU

Rugby star Mike Phillips has been suspended indefinitely by the Welsh Rugby Union for a breach of conduct.

The move comes following published pictures of 28-year-old Phillips’ alleged involvement in a late-night bust-up outside McDonald’s on Queen Street, Cardiff.

Photographs show the former Cardiff Blues and Ospreys player being pinned to the ground by security staff during the fracas before being led away by police.

One of the images, captured by a passer-by, was uploaded to the social networking site Twitter.

In a statement, WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said: “The player has been suspended due to a clear breach of the standards which we expect to be maintained by someone involved in one of our national squads.

“Discipline and acceptable behaviour are issues which run to the core values of the Welsh Rugby Union and we cannot tolerate any compromise of those standards.

“Mike Phillips is an exceptional player, but there is irrefutable evidence of a prima facie nature that he was engaged in behaviour which falls below the standards we set.

“It is vitally important that we send out a clear and unambiguous message to one and all concerning our views on matters of this sort.”

Wales team manager Alan Phillips said: “We have suspended Mike Phillips on the clear evidence of a level of behaviour we regard as unacceptable.

“It is clear there has been a breach of our disciplinary standards.”

Inspector Tony Bishop said: “In the early hours of Tuesday, June 14 South Wales Police attended Queen Street, Cardiff, following information received that a man was being restrained by security staff.

“Officers attended and the individual was placed into a police vehicle while enquiries were made in the location to establish what had taken place.

“No complaints were received, no persons wished to provide statements and no offences were disclosed.

“The man was taken away from the area and no further action was taken.”

The suspension has been approved by Wales head coach Warren Gatland and agreed by the senior squad management team. The WRU says it has not been alerted of any criminal action and the suspension is based on its own behaviour protocols.

Cardiff Blues scrum half Lloyd Williams has been called into the Wales pre-Rugby World Cup training squad and will report for duty on Monday.

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