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NSW State of Origin forward Paul Gallen claims he was only looking after his little brother when an alleged assault took place in the early hours of Monday morning.
News Limited papers report that Gallen has defended his actions, while Cronulla chief executive Tony Zappia claims the alleged victim demanded $50,000 to resolve the drama.
"He was mouthing off at my little brother and then he started mouthing off at me," Gallen said.
"He turned around and grabbed me and threw a punch. I head-locked him and threw him to the ground.
"If I get charged then I get charged but I did nothing wrong except stick up for Steve.
"I'd do the same thing next week. He's my little brother and you always help out."
Zappia confirmed he received a call from someone claiming to be alleged victim Cameron Davies and asking to be paid a sum of money to resolve the issue.
"A person contacted the club and said the matter would be resolved for $50,000," Zappia said.
The club will not be making the payment and Davies denies making the call.
Police confirmed they were investigating an incident outside a Cronulla bar/restaurant at 1.30am on Monday.
Alleged victim Davies told Channel Ten he was attacked after a dinner with family and friends.
"Paul Gallen took it upon himself to run at me and physically take hold of me round the throat area," Davies said.
"He struck me once round the face area, he then placed me in a headlock and hit me again with a closed fist, and then he proceeded to eye gouge my left eye.
"It's pretty sore, I've got two scratches across the eye and that's the eyelid and the actual eyeball itself.
"It is pretty red, pretty pussy, sore and (there's) discomfort.
"The doctors assure me it should be ok in the next 6-7 hours."
Davies told channel Nine he'd had a few words with one of Gallen's group.
A police spokeswoman confirmed they were investigating a complaint.
"Security personnel from the restaurant separated the men and a 29-year-old Cronulla man has walked to Cronulla police station and reported the matter," the spokeswoman said.
"An ambulance was called for the man who was taken to Sutherland Hospital suffering facial injuries.
"Investigations are continuing."
Zappia said the Sharks would not condone anti-social behaviour by any player, nor would the club pre-judge an incident solely on the basis of an accusation.
The club said it would keep the NRL informed of all outcomes.
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