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Champions League star Simic charged with assaulting woman on trip to Australia

3:25 PM SGT 12/2/19
Marko Simic Persija Jakarta
He will have to stay in Australia for the next two months

Croatian striker Marko Simic has been charged by Australian Federal Police for allegedly assaulting a woman while travelling by air from Bali to Sydney for an Asian Champions League match.

The Persijia Jakarta player was questioned by authorities upon arrival at Sydney airport on Sunday as he touched down in Australia for Tuesday night's ACL playoff against A-League side Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones stadium.

Simic, 31, attended Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday morning after being accused of common assault and an act of indecency.

After training with the Indonesian Liga 1 champions on Monday, Simic was selected to start against the Jets on Tuesday night and it's understood his passport has been confiscated and he will be forced to remain in Australia until his case is heard on April 9.

The centre forward's lawyer asked to resolve the issue quickly. but the request was turned down by magistrate Jennifer Atkinson because the case needed to be treated the same as any other with procedural fairness.

Simic scored 17 goals in 30 league appearances as Persija lifted the league title in 2018 - while he also achieved nine strikes in seven AFC Cup matches.

The winner of the Jets and Persija match will take on J-League side Kashima Antlers for a spot in the ACL group stage - with Simic now a major doubt to feature should Persija win on Tuesday.