Wigan forward Tony Clubb has been slapped with an eight-match Super League ban for using a shocking racial slur.
Wigan forward Tony Clubb has been slapped with an eight-match Super League ban for using “unacceptable language based on national or ethnic origin”.
The Rugby Football League officially announced the hefty suspension after a claim arose from Hull second-rower Andre Savelio that Clubb called him a “stupid Polynesian c—” during their Super League clash last Thursday.
Wigan suspended their 33-year-old forward a day later and launched a joint investigation with Hull, after being charged by the RFL’s match review panel with a Grade F offence.
A day later he was found guilty after fronting an independent operation rules tribunal.
The eight-match ban is the minimum applied for Grad F offences.
“We have considered the evidence of both players and the circumstances surrounding the allegation and find that we are reasonably satisfied, taking into account the seriousness of the charge, that the words were said, albeit in the heat of the moment, but nevertheless were said,” presiding judge Guy Kearl QC said.
“They do constitute unacceptable language based on (a player’s) racial and ethnic origin and therefore we find that this was serious misconduct which has brought the game into disrepute.
“On the other hand, we have considered the character references placed before us by Wigan Warriors from those who know (Tony Clubb) well at the club.
“We do not find that he is a racist, simply that on this occasion he used unacceptable language in the heat of the moment.
“We have therefore reduced the penalty to take account of his character and good disciplinary record to a suspension for eight matches and a £500 ($900) fine.”
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