Warrington Wolves issue bans following online abuse directed at player

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The Halliwell Jones Stadium, home of the Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves have issued two bans following online abuse towards winger Josh Charnley.

The Super League side shared a statement on social media following the vile abuse targeted at one of their players.

The abuse came following the club’s fifth straight defeat away to Hull KR on Friday night.

Warrington have banned the pair involved who shared the abuse on Twitter. The incident involved an 18-year-old male and a 21-year-old female.

Warrington Wolves share statement

The club said in a statement: “Warrington Wolves strongly condemns the vile social media abuse directed at winger Josh Charnley following our Betfred Super League fixture against Hull KR.

“The abhorrent threats are completely unacceptable and subsequent long-term bans have been issued to an 18-year-old male and a 21-year-old female.

“As a club we are all disappointed and hurting from recent results and performances but there is a line that must never be crossed when targeting our players and staff online.

“They are human beings, with families who also see and suffer from the abuse.

“The club are fully supportive of Josh who has understandably been affected by the comments.

“Following discussions with the RFL, as part of their “tackle it” campaign, an amicable meeting has been arranged with Josh and the male involved, who has subsequently expressed to the club and player his deep regret with his actions.”

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  1. Why the hell do people get so damned upset?.ITS A GAME!!!.

    Im a Wire fan and am not at all happy about this season.


    • I’m also a wire fan and and disappointed so far this season but they are great lads and I’m sure they will sort it I’m afraid I’m stuck with them cause over the years ive got so many wonderful memories hope Stefan Pk come on Wolves show how great you truly are .

  2. Totally agree Mike. The abuse players and officials far too frequently recieve from so-called ‘fans’ is totally unacceptable. It’s far to easy for keyboard warriors to spout bile on social media with little consequence.
    The number of posters who use expletives as part of their rants – and think it’s ok to do so – is a concern that needs to be addressed. And these are from people of all ages and both (all?) sexes.

  3. Charnley is a long standing legend of the game not only since he has played for the wire but as a Wigan player to. I would have to rate him as being one of our best ever signings and he is one of our best players and someone who is a team player as well. I do not know what comments were made but they certainly do not reflect what the rest of the fans feel about him and his exceptional performance as a professional player.

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