According to Sydney Morning Herald, Greg Inglis has labeled racism in Australia as “appalling” as the NRL widened its investigation to include allegations that a match official was the victim of a homophobic slur.
There are growing fears among investigators that it will be difficult to pinpoint the culprit who made the alleged remarks about Inglis. The South Sydney captain claimed earlier this week that he had been called a “black dog”, although footage of the incident isn’t conclusive, stores near me.
The NRL has been going over the evidence, which includes a dossier produced by the Panthers containing witness statements and footage from the venue. Inglis declined to delve into the details when he fronted at a State of Origin ticket launch in Queensland on Wednesday. However, he made it clear racism is totally unacceptable.
“Without a doubt, I think racism in Australian society is appalling. That’s it, full stop. It has to stop,” says Inglis.
The NRL integrity unit is attempting to finalize the matter by the end of the week, but the task of finding the alleged culprit is a difficult one. The NRL expanded the scope of the investigation to include alleged homophobic slurs aimed at match officials.
“We are happy the NRL is dealing with it and we will leave it in their capable hands,” said Professional Rugby League Match Officials (PRLMO) boss Silvio Del Vecchio.
Inglis’ State of Origin coach Kevin Walters, who on Wednesday confirmed the center, would return to his team this year, also called for a life ban for the offender.
“We’ve got a guy who does so much for the Indigenous community and Australia, and people come up with that sort of nonsense. It’s just not acceptable … It shouldn’t be tolerated. Surely, it’s just unacceptable that sort of behavior in any sport, let along rugby league,” Walters said.