Penrith investigate Inglis racism claims

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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.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • March 18th 2018 @ 2:15pm
      Dan said | March 18th 2018 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

      Check where Andrew Johns was Saturday afternoon.

      • March 18th 2018 @ 3:00pm
        duecer said | March 18th 2018 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

        Quite droll.
        Unfortunately there still exists a racist element in society, doesn’t matter if it’s the NRL, AFL or tennis – thankfully now it’s become unacceptable.

    • March 18th 2018 @ 2:43pm
      Mike Dugg said | March 18th 2018 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

      Any specifics as to what was said and by whom?

      • Roar Rookie

        March 19th 2018 @ 11:09am
        William Dalton Davis said | March 19th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        Random fan called him a (I don’t know if it’ll get censored so I’ll just say) dark coloured dog. Peachey was also abused and while I haven’t really read much I think it might’ve been the same fan.

    • March 18th 2018 @ 2:45pm
      Bart Simpson said | March 18th 2018 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

      That is a silly thing to say Dan

      • March 18th 2018 @ 3:10pm
        Dan said | March 18th 2018 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

        Why?
        It’s damning of the act and rightfully damning of Johns, who not only has form for it, but with Inglis in particular.

        • Roar Pro

          March 19th 2018 @ 4:08am
          Kurt S said | March 19th 2018 @ 4:08am | ! Report

          Correct on both counts, Dan.

    • March 18th 2018 @ 6:14pm
      Bill Moi said | March 18th 2018 @ 6:14pm | ! Report

      This comment has been removed for breaching The Roar’s comments policy.

      • March 18th 2018 @ 7:42pm
        jamesb said | March 18th 2018 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

        Rugby League has been quite good when it comes to racism. There hasn’t been too many racist incidents in recent times. In fact it’s been few and far between. It doesn’t happen on an annual basis.

        But of course, like with any code, one racist incident is one too many.

        • March 19th 2018 @ 10:14pm
          nerval said | March 19th 2018 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

          Bill Moi’s comments – nasty, false and bigoted – have been reported to the moderators.

          • March 19th 2018 @ 10:23pm
            Justin Kearney said | March 19th 2018 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

            Bill and his multiple ids are use to it.

          • March 20th 2018 @ 7:55am
            nerval said | March 20th 2018 @ 7:55am | ! Report

            As Bill Moi’s comments have been allowed to stand, then one must conclude that they have been approved by the powers-that-be. I presume this gives a licence for rugby league followers to go, say, on to the union tab and make such sweeping comments about that particular sport?

            Next time a poster is told off for indulging in “code wars” please refer all to Bill Moi – the latest name for a banned poster – and the approval of his comments in this article.

            • March 20th 2018 @ 8:57am
              Justin Kearney said | March 20th 2018 @ 8:57am | ! Report

              They’ve gone mate. But he’ll be back under yet another guise shortly.

      • March 19th 2018 @ 11:19am
        Crosscoder said | March 19th 2018 @ 11:19am | ! Report

        ” Standard behaviour” since when Moi.
        The code has been at the forefront in regards to opposing racism.But of course one understands it’s beyond your capacity to check this fact.Thurston acknowledged that fact.

        Of course Bill wouldn’t happen in other codes.

        Perhaps have a chat with Adam Goodes and some of the black soccer players plying their trade in Europe.

        • March 19th 2018 @ 2:25pm
          Bill Moi said | March 19th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

          This comment has been removed for breaching The Roar’s comments policy.

          • March 19th 2018 @ 8:38pm
            Justin Kearney said | March 19th 2018 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

            Bill’s big chip on his tiny shoulders must’ve got larger.

    • March 18th 2018 @ 8:19pm
      Bill Moi said | March 18th 2018 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

      This comment has been removed for breaching The Roar’s comments policy.

      • March 18th 2018 @ 9:55pm
        jamesb said | March 18th 2018 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

        Billy, if you are not a fan of the game, then why bother commenting?

        • March 19th 2018 @ 11:23am
          Crosscoder said | March 19th 2018 @ 11:23am | ! Report

          jamesb.
          Spot on Billy boy is here for one purpose only,to declare his disdain for rl, so making generalisations whether factual or not is part of his armoury.
          I’m still awaiting a general comment from him on any of the NRL games played to date.Wonder why?

        • March 19th 2018 @ 11:24am
          Crosscoder said | March 19th 2018 @ 11:24am | ! Report

          jamesb.
          Spot on Billy boy is here for one purpose only,to declare his disdain for rl, so making generalisations whether factual or not is part of his armoury.If you can call it an armoury.
          I’m still awaiting a general comment from him on any of the NRL games played to date.Wonder why?

      • March 19th 2018 @ 7:40am
        jimmmy said | March 19th 2018 @ 7:40am | ! Report

        It’s the vibe? Is that you Dennis?
        Seriously, one member of the crowd is a imbecile and you blame the whole game.?

    • Roar Pro

      March 19th 2018 @ 4:06am
      Kurt S said | March 19th 2018 @ 4:06am | ! Report

      I’ve heard the comment was “black dog”. If it was racially motivated it is not pleasant. But I can’t help wondering if it may have related to Inglis’ depression last year.

      Either was, not particularly nice if the reports are true.

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