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The NRL's protracted investigation into Andrew Fifita has met a hurdle after convicted killer Kieran Loveridge declined to be interviewed by league central.
The governing body has yet to decide whether to punish the Cronulla star for his public support of Loveridge during a number of NRL matches in 2016.
Fifita has maintained his friendship with Loveridge since the latter was handed a minimum 10-year sentence for fatally punching Thomas Kelly in 2012.
In its attempt to speak to all relevant parties involved in the matter, the NRL integrity unit recently sought to talk with Loveridge but was knocked back.
"He declined to be interviewed and we cannot require him to do so. But our investigation will continue," an NRL spokesperson said.
The investigation into Fifita has been running for over three months since it was revealed that the Sharks prop had the initials 'FKL' on his wrist strapping in a number of games last season.
Despite the revelations, he starred in Cronulla's breakthrough premiership win and was controversially overlooked for the Clive Churchill medal and the Kangaroos' Four Nations tour.