Tony Clubb suspended by Wigan Warriors while racism claim investigated

Tony Clubb has been stood down from 'all club activities' while rugby league authorities investigate a claim he made a racist remark in Wigan's 16-14 win against Hull FC.
Andre Savelio made a complaint to referee James ChildAndre Savelio made a complaint to referee James Child
Andre Savelio made a complaint to referee James Child

The incident was placed on report after FC forward Andre Savelio made a complaint to referee James Child, naming Clubb as the player who had made the comment.

The two Super League clubs, who clash next week in the Challenge Cup, have issued a joint statement and revealed they are carrying out their own investigation, alongside the RFL's disciplinary process.

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Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski, said: "There is no room for racism in sport in any form and we take the accusations made by Hull's Andre Savelio very seriously.

"Our immediate intention is to work closely with Hull and the governing body to gather all the facts and support the investigation process that is in place.

“In the short term, Tony Clubb will be suspended from all club activities. Tony's evidence will be taken into consideration by all parties moving forward and his welfare will remain a responsibility of Wigan Warriors throughout the investigation."

Both clubs have discussed the matter and are in dialogue with the RFL, who will review and investigate the incident through the normal match review and disciplinary process.

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Meanwhile, both Wigan Warriors and Hull FC have launched a joint internal investigation which they say is "demonstrating their strong and united approach against racial abuse".

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Hull FC chief executive, James Clark, said: “Andre has the full support of everyone at our club and we will work hard to ensure this incident is thoroughly investigated and that his voice can be heard. Racial abuse is not acceptable in any form.

“This is obviously an emotive and highly personal subject, and he has access to the best possible welfare network should it be required.

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“A zero-tolerance approach to all forms of abuse is prevalent in rugby league - we are a welcoming sport that prides itself on its core values of inclusion, community, diversity and respect.

“We would also like to note the professional, transparent and sympathetic approach to the handling of this matter by Kris Radlinski and Wigan Warriors.”

Neither club nor their players will make any further comment on this matter at this time.