A shocking video of South Sydney mascot Reggie the Rabbit copping rough treatment from fans has emerged.
The NRL and Stadium Australia have launched an investigation into abhorrent fan behaviour after the Good Friday clash between the Rabbitohs and the Bulldogs, with South Sydney mascot Reggie the Rabbit at the centre of the inquiry.
As is customary after games, the Rabbitohs’ famous mascot was greeting fans following South Sydney’s 38-0 thrashing of the Bulldogs but things turned sour when one group of fans was approached.
In an interaction that was captured on video and shared with Wide World of Sports by incensed Rabbitohs fans, Reggie is roughed up and abused.
One witness told Wide World of Sports that the mascot was pushed over during the exchange.
While the video also captures some warmer moments with the mascot, including an embrace from two fans when Reggie first approaches, there is clear audio of another fan yelling ‘Punch him again, punch him again,.’ Reggie is then shoved backwards to the sound of raucous laughter.
Nine News reporter Danny Weidler contacted the Rabbitohs after being shown the footage and was told the NRL and Stadium Australia were investigating the incident.
It is not clear what action would be taken against the culprits if they are identified during the course of the investigation.
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