Former Bulldogs player rugby league legend Hazem El-Masri has been charged with domestic violence.

El-Masri, 39, who is a significant figure in Australia's Muslim community and is an ambassador for anti-violence campaign White Ribbon, was arrested on Monday at his home in western Sydney.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph reports that the attack was on El-Masri's 25-year-old wife, Douah El-Cherif.

The father of three split from his first wife last year but the allegations do not relate to her.


The Lebanon-born El Masri - who arrived in Australia as a 12-year-old - amassed 2,418 points during his playing career, spent exclusively with Canterbury.

He won a premiership with the Bulldogs in 2004, represented Lebanon and Australia, and played in one State of Origin game for New South Wales during a distinguished 13-year career before retiring from the game in 2009.

El Masri has been touted as an important role model for young Muslims in southwestern Sydney.