Andre Savelio details allegation of racist remark during Wigan-Hull clash

Adrian Lam vowed to tackle any incidents of racism "head on" after Andre Savelio made an allegation of a "racist remark" during Wigan's 16-14 win against Hull FC.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 11:26 pm
Andre Savelio (left) after the game
Andre Savelio (left) after the game

The controversy marred another victory for Lam's unbeaten Warriors, in a dress-rehearsal for their Challenge Cup meeting in nine days.

Towards the end of the first-half, referee James Child called the captains together to inform them he was putting on report an "allegation of a racist remark".

FC forward Andre Savelio is caught on TV footage naming Wigan prop Tony Clubb - who was not on the pitch at the time - for the comment.

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Savelio has since issued a statement on Twitter, not naming Clubb specifically but identifying him as a player who left the action and didn't return - which would refer to Clubb.

He wrote: “Listen there’s no reason at all for me too (sic) lie, I didn’t report it initially as I was going to deal with it myself the next time we came into contact, he got taken off the play after - and never came back on.

"For him too (sic) call me a STUPID POLYNESIAN **** in a game where 30% are of that heritage hell I won’t sit quietly, I’ve seen these things happen enough to know most of the time there’s never enough proof on these - but I swear it on my Mums’… I’m just hopeful a camera or microphone clocked it and it’s dealt with."

Lam said he hadn't spoken to Clubb before speaking to the media via Zoom, and said the allegation was not the reason why the prop didn't appear in the second-half.

He said: "I’ve come down from the gantry and got the news from down below. I have no comment at the moment until we get to the bottom of what the allegation is.

“As a club we’ll follow protocols and see how it unfolds over the next 24 hours.

"It’s a hard one to comment on until I know what’s actually been said or what the allegation is... we will make sure when it’s brought up that we take it head on."

The RFL's match review panel will now scrutinise footage and possibly speak to those involved and nearby before deciding whether to issue any charges on Monday.

Lam's counterpart Brett Hodgson said Savelio was "pretty upset" after the game.

“I don’t know too much about it, I heard the same thing you have but we’ll have to wait and see what comes of it," said the FC coach.

“If it is the case it’s pretty disappointing, but I don’t want to speculate, I don’t know the details.

“He’s not good, he’s pretty upset. I don’t want to speculate on what was said, we need to work out exactly what happened and see what progresses."