The NRL is taking action after football star Taylan May was accused of punching his wife in the face – with the star accused of drug dealing also disciplined by the league.

  • Taylan May has been recalled by the NRL
  • Penrith star charged with domestic violence
  • His $1.5 million business in Penrith is hanging in the balance

Taylan May has been recalled indefinitely by the NRL as the Penrith center prepares to stand trial over domestic violence allegations.

May was informed on Thursday that he will fall under the non-zero game suspension policy – meaning he cannot play again until his court case is concluded.

The 22-year-old already sat out of Penrith training earlier this week after being arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.

May allegedly punched the woman in the face during an argument on April 8. He will face trial on May 28.

He was charged with assault and two counts of stalking or intimidating another person with intent to cause them to fear physical or mental harm.

Taylan May has been recalled indefinitely by the NRL with immediate effect

Penrith Panthers superstar charged with domestic violence

Penrith Panthers superstar charged with domestic violence

May missed the game last month due to personal reasons, but Penrith were unaware of the alleged incident until they were informed at the weekend.

The center recently signed a two-year extension at Penrith worth nearly $1.5 million for 2025 and 2026. That deal now hangs in the balance.

His charge on Saturday morning capped a week in which the NRL also informed Manly reserve scorer Brandon Wakeham he would be recalled under the no-fault policy.

Wakeham was arrested near Brookvale Oval last Wednesday and faces charges of supplying prohibited drugs and being part of a criminal group.

Brandon Wakeham was also recalled due to drug charges

Brandon Wakeham was also recalled due to drug charges

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The former Canterbury and Wests Tigers half was granted bail at Manly Local Court last week and his lawyer indicated Wakeham would fight the charges.

While Wakeham is not part of Manly’s top-30 squad, his contract is still registered with the NRL and is therefore subject to off-field rules.

The withdrawal means Wakeham is ineligible to play in the NSW Cup for Manly’s feeder-club Blacktown.

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