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Andre Savelio details his anger over alleged racist remark in Hull FC’s Super League game against Wigan Warriors |  Rugby League News


Hull FC striker Savelio made the allegation to referee James Child in the first half of Thursday’s Super League game against Wigan Warriors. “I just hope a camera or microphone has it synced and it’s fixed,” he later wrote on Twitter.

Last update: 04/30/21 00:26

Andre Savelio detailed the allegations in a social media post

Andre Savelio has taken to social media to express his anger over an alleged racist remark he reported to the referee during Hull FC’s Super League match against Wigan Warriors.

Referee James Child placed the first half incident on the report after Savelio said he overheard a comment, the official’s microphone picking up Mr Child saying it was support for the Warriors Tony Clubb who was the player who had been charged.

The New Zealand striker, of Samoan descent, also detailed the alleged insult – which referred to his Polynesian heritage – in a post-match Twitter post.

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“In a game where 30% are of this heritage, I will not sit still,” Savelio also wrote in a post on his Twitter page. “I just hope a camera or a microphone has clocked it in and it’s fixed.”

The incident comes ahead of a weekend where the Super League, RFL, 2021 Rugby Union World Cup and the Rugby League Players Association are set to join a blackout of social networks to help fight racist abuse.

The allegation will now be assessed by a disciplinary panel after being reported by Mr Child, while Wigan head coach Adrian Lam has said he will reserve his comments until the club finds out the allegations made against Clubb.

“I got the news, but I have no comment at this time until we get to the bottom of this allegation,” Lam said at his post-match press conference. “As a club we will follow protocol and see how it goes over the next 24 hours.

Andre Savelio details his anger over alleged racist remark in Hull FC’s Super League game against Wigan Warriors |  Rugby League News

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Wigan head coach Adrian Lam was pleased with his side’s resilience to defeat Hull FC.

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam was pleased with his side’s resilience to defeat Hull FC.

“It’s hard to comment when I don’t know what was actually said or what the allegation is.”

Clubb was not on the pitch when Savelio reported what he heard to the referee, having been substituted in the 17th minute.

Lam added that not returning to action for the remainder of the game had nothing to do with the alleged incident.

“It was just the way the game went, and he didn’t have a chance to come back,” Lam said. “It was my decision and nothing to do with the allegation.”

Andre Savelio details his anger over alleged racist remark in Hull FC’s Super League game against Wigan Warriors |  Rugby League News

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Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson felt his side deserved to suffer their first Super League loss to Wigan.

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson felt his side deserved to suffer their first Super League loss to Wigan.

Hull coach Brett Hodgson was also reluctant to say too much until the club had all the facts.

“I’m not sure to be honest,” Hodgson said. “We’ll just have to wait and see. It’s very disappointing.”

The alleged incident overshadowed what had been a fierce encounter that ended with Wigan ending Hull FC’s unbeaten start to the 2021 Super League in a 16-14 victory.

“It was a lousy win, but I love ugly wins,” Lam said after the Warriors had five of five Super League wins.

“There is a place and time for them during the season and I think that’s exactly what we needed as we have to play them again in 10 days. [in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals]. “

Hodgson was pleased with the effort shown by his players, but had no problem admitting that he felt the result reflected they were second best of the night.

“It was a really close game, we knew what to expect,” Hodgson said. “The best team won, I have no doubt about that. We weren’t clinical enough, but the effort was there.”

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