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Penrith are investigating claims South Sydney star Greg Inglis was racially abused by a member of the crowd in the Panthers’ 18-14 NRL win over the Rabbitohs on Saturday.
Inglis was booed from Panthers Stadium when he left the field following a head knock on Saturday, and remained on the Rabbitohs’ bench after he was ruled out for the rest of the match.
It’s understood Inglis heard racial abuse at some point and notified Rabbitohs officials after the match, who passed the complaint onto Penrith and the NRL.
Both clubs and the NRL are now working to find the offender.
“I wish to make it clear our club does not tolerate this kind of behaviour in any form,” Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher said in a statement.
“We will work with the NRL to investigate the matter and any perpetrators will be swiftly dealt with.
“Our club apologises unreservedly to Greg Inglis for the upset caused by the alleged incident.”
Inglis, a proud Indigenous representative, has previously been at the centre of a number of racial issues.
In 2010, Timana Tahu walked out on NSW State of Origin camp after he claimed Inglis was the target of a racial slur from Blues assistant coach Andrew Johns.
Johns later apologised to Inglis over the matter.
The South Sydney fullback was also the victim of a racist online slur in 2013, prompting then-NRL CEO Dave Smith to launch a hunt for the offender.
Meanwhile Souths CEO Blake Solly said his club was working closely with the NRL and Penrith to investigate Saturday’s incident.
“We are working through it with the NRL and Penrith,” South Sydney chief executive Blake Solly told AAP.
“Penrith have been very supportive and have been working very hard to find out who abused Greg.”