Tony Clubb: Wigan forward handed eight-match ban for Andre Savelio comment | Rugby League News

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Tony Clubb was charged by the Rugby Football League with using racist language following an incident involving Hull FC’s Andre Savelio on Thursday; Clubb was originally suspended by Wigan Warriors while they investigated the allegations

Last Updated: 04/05/21 8:16pm

Wigan Warriors prop Tony Clubb has been banned for eight matches by the Rugby Football League

Wigan Warriors prop Tony Clubb has been banned for eight matches by the Rugby Football League

Wigan forward Tony Clubb has been given an eight-match ban for using ‘unacceptable language based on national or ethnic origin’.

Clubb was charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with a Grade F offence after Hull FC’s Andre Savelio made a formal complaint following last Thursday’s Betfred Super League match.

The 33-year-old was suspended by his club a day later as they launched a joint investigation with Hull and on Tuesday he appeared in front of an independent operational rules tribunal which found him guilty.

The ban is the minimum normally applied for Grade F offences and included mitigating circumstances after the tribunal considered submissions from both players and clubs as well as character references and broadcast footage.

Hull FC's Andre Savelio took to Twitter following Thursday's game

Hull FC’s Andre Savelio took to Twitter following Thursday’s game

His Honour Judge Guy Kearl QC, who chaired the hearing, said: “We have considered the evidence of both players and the circumstances surrounding the allegation and find that we are reasonably satisfied, taking into account the seriousness of the charge, that the words were said, albeit in the heat of the moment, but nevertheless were said.

“They do constitute unacceptable language based on (a player’s) racial and ethnic origin and therefore we find that this was serious misconduct which has brought the game into disrepute.

“On the other hand we have considered the character references placed before us by Wigan Warriors from those who know (Tony Clubb) well at the club.

“We do not find that he is a racist, simply that on this occasion he used unacceptable language in the heat of the moment.

“We have therefore reduced the penalty to take account of his character and good disciplinary record to a suspension for eight matches and a £500 fine.”

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