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Tony Clubb suspended by Wigan Warriors after racist abuse allegations against Andre Savelio of Hull FC |  Rugby League News


Wigan Warriors confirm prop Tony Clubb was temporarily suspended from all club activities after an alleged racist insult directed at Hull FC striker Savelio, who made the allegation to referee James Child in the premiere half of the Super League game on Thursday.

Last update: 04/30/21 2:35 p.m.



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Hull FC striker Andre Savelio, alleged Wigan Warriors player Tony Clubb, used a racist remark during their Super League game at DW Stadium on Thursday night.

Hull FC striker Andre Savelio, alleged Wigan Warriors player Tony Clubb, used a racist remark during their Super League game at DW Stadium on Thursday night.

The Wigan Warriors have suspended mainstay Tony Clubb after allegedly directing racist abuse against Hull FC’s Andre Savelio in their Super League game on Thursday.

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

The New Zealand striker, of Samoan descent, 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.”

Wigan Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski confirmed in a joint club statement on Friday that they had suspended Clubb from all club activities while an investigation was ongoing.

“There is no place for racism in sport in any form and we take the accusations made by André Savelio de Hull very seriously,” Radlinski said.

“Our immediate intention is to work closely with Hull and the governing body to gather all the facts and support the investigative process in place.

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Wigan head coach Adrian Lam has vowed the club will investigate the allegations

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam has vowed the club will investigate the allegations

“In the short term, Tony Clubb will be suspended from all Club activities. Tony’s evidence will be considered by all parties in the future and his welfare will remain the responsibility of Wigan Warriors throughout the investigation. . “

Hull and Wigan have discussed the matter and are in dialogue with the RFL, who will review and investigate the incident as part of the normal game review and discipline process.

“Hull FC and Wigan Warriors have launched a joint internal investigation, demonstrating their strong and united approach against racial abuse,” the statement read.

“Hull FC and Wigan Warriors, alongside the other ten clubs in the Super League, continue to resist all types of discrimination and abuse. Equality matters, and Hull FC and Wigan Warriors are united in this message.”

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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 FC general manager James Clark said: “Andre has the full support of everyone at our club and we will work hard to ensure this incident is fully investigated and his voice heard. can be heard Racial abuse is not acceptable in any form.

“This is obviously an emotional and very personal subject, and he has access to the best possible social protection network if necessary.

“A zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse is prevalent in the Rugby League – we are a welcoming sport that prides itself on its core values ​​of inclusion, community, diversity and respect.”

The incident comes ahead of a weekend where the Super League, RFL, 2021 Rugby Union World Cup and Rugby League Players’ Association are preparing to join a social media boycott 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.

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.

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