The NRL has launched an investigation into allegations Gold Coast star Tyrone Peachey was racially abused in Friday night’s victory over Newcastle.
Broadcaster Fox Sports captured audio of an exchange in which Peachey approached referee Chris Sutton, saying: “That back-rower just called me a black c–t”.
Tyrone Peachey would not make a formal complaint about an alleged racial slur.Credit:Getty
However, the competition convenors claim the NSWRL should also expel Dora Creek after allegations their supporters racially abused West Wallsend players and fans. Dora Creek had been warned they faced expulsion if there was a repeat of previous incidents, including allegations of racism earlier in the season.
The NSWRL’s decision not to ban Dora Creek prompted four members of the seven-person board to stand down.
“Effective 12pm today, the majority of our Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League board has elected to step down in response to what they see as not timely enough action responding to allegations of racial vilification and other related acts breaching the code of conduct,” officials posted on the organisation's Facebook page.
“The board wishes to make clear we as a group – both those departing and the minority who remain – do not support any breaches of the NRL code of conduct, especially those of a violent nature.
“The board applaud the NSWRL on its prompt action to deal with the violence of the weekend but believe the time it has taken to address concerns and allegations of vilification is not adequate.
“We as a board, both those standing down and those still remaining, stand together as a group on our belief that all people should be able to participate in or support rugby league without fear of violence, vilification, discrimination or any other conduct which makes them feel unsafe.”
The post has subsequently been removed.
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