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NRL junior suspended for anti-gay barb

Tue 6 May 2014 In: International News

Mitchell Moses has since apologised An up and coming rugby league player has been suspended for two games after calling an opposition player a 'a f*cking gay c*nt' during an under-20s State of Origin game. Wests Tigers junior Mitchell Moses spewed the homophobic abuse at Queensland lock Luke Bateman during a scrappy match. The comment was picked up on the ref’s microphone and heard on Fox Sport’s live coverage in Australia. Moses has since apologised to Bateman, and for what he said. As well as a two game suspension, he’s been ordered by the NRL to have anti-vilification education and complete an awareness program. "The NRL has consistently made it clear that there is no place for any form of discrimination in our game and we will take firm action if it occurs," NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg says. "The player has accepted responsibility and apologised for his comments, which was taken into consideration in determining the penalty.” Greenberg adds: "Our young players need to demonstrate they not only have great skill on the field but also have the right value set. This is part of being involved in and progressing rugby league, which is a game for everyone.” The NRL is among the Australian sporting bodies which have signed an accord pledging to take a stand against homophobia.     

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014 - 2:33pm

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