STAR fullback James Tedesco was allegedly king-hit by Italian teammate Shannon Wakeman in a Cairns bar, sparking an ugly melee among players on Sunday evening.
Rugby League World Cup officials are investigating the incident, which took place at Cairns' Pier Bar, where the Italian squad had gathered following their 36-12 loss to Ireland.
Wakeman believed Tedesco had propositioned his girlfriend and hit the Italian No.1, angering his teammates in ugly scenes that spilt across tables.
The Dapto-born Wakeman, who plays for Huddersfield in the UK Super League, was banished from the team for the night while team management decided his future.
Despite Wakeman's actions, it's believed coach Cameron Ciraldo and senior players agreed to let the 106kg prop remain in the tournament.
The Italian squad have since moved on to Townsville, where they will try and get their flagging World Cup hopes back on track against the USA on Sunday
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