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NRL to investigate alleged homophobic slur

The NRL Match Review Committee will be asked to investigate an alleged homophobic slur in the Holden Under-20s State of Origin match yesterday.

NRL CEO Dave Smith said he was disappointed at reports that a Queensland player was the subject of an offensive remark during the match between NSW and Queensland.

“There is no place for any form of discrimination in our game,” Mr Smith said.

“Rugby League is a game for everyone and we will not tolerate slurs based on gender, race, sexuality or any other matter.”

Mr Smith said the Match Review Committee would be asked to review the television coverage of the game to determine if anyone should be cited.

He said the committee had the power to fine or suspend anyone guilty of vilification.

“The NRL is determined to stamp out discrimination in our game,” Mr Smith said.

“This matter will be investigated fully and, if any player has vilified an opponent, appropriate action will be taken.”

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