Sydney, Australia (4E Sports) – The National Rugby League (NRL) is investigating a homophobic slur directed at Queensland forward Luke Bateman during Saturday’s Holden Under-20s State of Origin match against New South Wales.
The NRL launched the probe after TV viewers in Australia heard Bateman being called as “f–king gay c—.”
“There is no place for any form of discrimination in our game,” NRL chief executive officer Dave Smith said. “Rugby League is a game for everyone and we will not tolerate slurs based on gender, race, sexuality or any other matter. The NRL is determined to stamp out discrimination in our game.”
“This matter will be investigated fully and, if any player has vilified an opponent, appropriate action will be taken,” he added.
The incident occurred in the 74th minute as players of both sides clashed. The remark was picked up by a microphone and transmitted to TV viewers, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Although no one has come forward to admit they made the remark, the referee is thought to have known who the offender is.
Smith said anyone found guilty of the offence could be fined and suspended.