South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou has called for stiffer penalties to be imposed on spectators caught racially abusing players.
The comments come after a teenaged spectator was removed from Penrith’s BlueBet Stadium after allegedly making racist remarks against Rabbitohs Fullback Latrell Mitchell during their game against the Panthers.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Mr Demetriou says the NRL must stamp out racism in the game completely.
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo released a statement on Thursday condemning the incident and confirming the NRL will launch an investigation.
“Any form of racism or vilification will not be tolerated in our sport. We will not accept this behaviour from anyone”
“The Integrity Unit will investigate fully.”
In a statement released by the Panthers on Thursday night, the club said they would cooperate with the League.
“Penrith Panthers is aware of an alleged incident involving a rugby league fan that occurred at half-time of the Round 2 match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at BlueBet Stadium.”
“The NRL was immediately informed of the alleged matter, and the club will work with the NRL to investigate the situation.”