ORIGIN rugby league legend Allan “Alfie” Langer is reportedly crushed after being charged with a drink-driving offence early yesterday morning.
Alfie was reportedly driving from Brisbane to his family home in Pelican Waters when he was pulled over by a Random Breath Testing unit.
He allegedly blew almost three times the legal limit. The Brisbane Broncos stood him down yesterday from his position as skills coach.
Broncos CEO Bruno Cullen announced the club’s decision to a media scrum yesterday.
“Alf’s not in a very good way emotionally at all actually,” Mr Cullen said at the Broncos Leagues Club.
“He’s extremely remorseful, he’s apologised, but at the end of the day he knows he’s done the wrong thing.
“He’s very upset.
‘He’s very emotional about it.”
Mr Cullen refused to be drawn on Alf’s future with the club.
The Brisbane Roar Soccer Club sacked its coach Frank Farina last year after he was charged with drink-driving.
“It’s a bad scene and it’s not a good charge, but at the end of the day we don’t want to see him punished more severely than any other normal citizen would be,” Mr Cullen said.
“Whatever happens, it won’t be a ban for life thing.
“Alf’s a wonderful icon of our code and of our club and of the sport.
“We’d certainly look forward to him being around some time in the future anyway.”
Alf was believed to have been on his way home to the Sunshine Coast when he was stopped by police about 1.40am yesterday.
The RBT unit was operating on South Pine Road at Everton Park, in Brisbane’s north, several hours after the Broncos’ 48-16 loss to the Warriors in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Alf is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 19.
The club will review its decison after he faces the court.
“This is simply not acceptable,” Mr Cullen said earlier.
“I know it happens and it happens across a broad range of the community.
“We’ve just got to send a message that we need to be leaders in this area and want to show we are fair dinkum.”
Mr Cullen said the Broncos players did not go drinking after Sunday’s big loss.
Channel Nine reported last night that it had photos of Alf drinking after the game.
The drink-driving charge came as Coast police prepared for an Easter holiday road blitz.
They were not prepared to comment yesterday.
Another former star, Broncos player Dale Shearer is set to have a mention in Noosa Magistrates Court next month on charges of drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.
Mr Shearer was lucky to survive after he lost control of his Porsche and crashed at Peregian on February 21 last year.
Alf played 250 games for the Broncos, 34 Origins for Queensland and 22 Tests for Australia as halfback.
Alf was nowhere to be seen in Caloundra yesterday.
He did not return telephone calls.
Health Minister Paul Lucas said Alf was entitled to a presumption of innocence.
“Having said that, we all need to be very careful about our alcohol consumption,” he said. “There can be very, very serious consequences for us.”