A Croatian soccer star has been accused of indecently assaulting a female passenger on a flight into Sydney.
Marko Simic, 31, was on a flight from Bali to Sydney on Sunday when the alleged incident occurred.
He was questioned by police at the airport and charged with an act of indecency without consent and common assault on Sunday.
Marko Simic, 31, was on a flight from Bali to Sydney on Sunday when the alleged incident occurred
He was questioned by police at the airport and charged with an act of indecency without consent and common assault on Sunday
The striker, who plays for the Indonesian club Persija Jakarta, was flying into Sydney ahead of Tuesday's Asian Champions League qualifier game against the Newcastle Jets at 7pm.
He appeared in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday morning wearing his team tracksuit, The Daily Telegraph reported.
His lawyers asked for the matter to be resolve quickly and stressed his client's 'difficult position'.
'He finds himself in an unenviable position, to say the least,' the lawyer said.
'He's here with the team ... he's simply lost.'
Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson said the case needed to be treated like any other matter with procedural fairness for all parties.
The case could be bumped up to a higher court if one charge is treated as an indictable offence.
Simic has been forced handover his passport and not approach another port of departure as part of a court order. He will next appear in court in April 9
'The bottom line is he has been charged, it's got to be resolved,' Ms Atkinson said.
'The commonwealth with work with you on (the visa issues). But it has to be done properly.'
The magistrate questioned whether police needed eight weeks to prepare the brief of evidence before stating: 'I guess you've got overseas cabin crew and things like that.'
Simic has been forced to hand over his passport and not approach another port of departure as part of a court order. He will next appear in court in April 9.
It is unclear whether he will play in tonight's game.
Australian Federal Police Airport commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins, reminded passengers that even activities that occurred in the air could still be subject to Australian law.
'Passengers flying into Australia ought to feel safe knowing that any activity that occurs on a flight arriving into our country can be investigated by police,' Superintendent Mullins said.
'If something happens on board a flight, we encourage you to speak with the cabin crew who can then report the matter to police.'