RFL to investigate homophobic abuse allegations in Championship match

James Gordon
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The RFL are investigating allegations of homophobic abuse in Sunday’s Championship match between London and Sheffield.

The referee placed an incident involving Fijian utility back Sitiveni Moceidreke on report in the first half.

It was a historic game for the Broncos, played at the Kuflink Stadium in Kent, as they recorded the biggest comeback in the summer era.

After trailing 28-0 at half time, they came back to win 36-28.

No further details has been provided by the governing body in their weekly match review panel minutes; other than it has now been referred for further investigation.

Earlier this year, then Warrington forward Rob Butler made an accusation that a Huddersfield player used homophobic language towards him.

Bradford were sanctioned last September after a section of fans aimed homophobic abuse at referee James Child.

Experienced Super League referee Child had previously opened up about his sexuality and receiving death threats.

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Other disciplinary news

Elsewhere, Dewsbury hooker Dom Speakman was handed a two-match ban by the Match Review Panel for Dangerous Contact.

Two players – Castleford scholarship player Harry Egley and Hunslet’s Josh Jordan-Roberts – have been referred to tribunal for Grade E Dangerous Throw and Grade D Dangerous contact respectively.

Widnes hooker Matty Fozard will miss their clash with Newcastle next weekend after receiving a one-match ban for tackling a late tackle on the passer. The same punishment was handed down to Whitehaven’s Cain Robb following an incident against Batley.

Newcastle’s Dan Coates, who is due to join another Championship club on loan, will miss two matches after being charged with a Grade C for a similar offence; which occurred in Newcastle’s reserves game at Leeds.

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