The Highlanders have released an apologetic statement after a group of their players were caught up in an incident in Queenstown over the weekend.
After a club investigation, Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said a group of seven players had booked a weekend at the Glebe Apartments and on Friday night some of the players were joined at their apartment by a small number of people, some of whom they had met earlier in the evening. The people were not previously known to the players.
Glebe management received multiple complaints about noise from the apartment during the night. Police were subsequently called and arrested a man and charged him with wilful damage and disorderly behaviour.
“From our investigation, we can confirm that no damage at the apartments was caused by any Highlanders player. We can also confirm that no Highlanders player is facing any action from the police,” Clark said.
“Having said that, we’re extremely disappointed that some of our players’ antisocial behaviour forced guests to endure a disturbed night. As a club we apologise unreservedly to those guests involved.”
Clark said the club had contacted the Glebe Apartment General Manager and had apologised for the issues caused.
“For the Glebe management and police to be called demonstrates a clear lack of respect for others and this is well below the standards we expect from our players whether assembled as a team or enjoying downtime together,” he added.
“Our messaging to the players is very clear: you are always a Highlander and as such we expect good behaviour at all times. Now that the matter has been investigated the players involved will be sanctioned by the club and the entire team will be reminded of their responsibilities around behaviour.”
Clark said the Highlanders had also received an apology from people associated with the man arrested for allegedly causing the damage at the Apartments.
“We understand it is out of character for him and have accepted the apology,” he concluded.