NRL boss to investigate U20 alleged homophobic slur
THE NRL match review committee will investigate an alleged homophobic slur against Queensland lock Luke Bateman in Saturday night's U20 Origin match against New South Wales in Penrith.
The incident happened in the 74th minute, with Bateman allegedly abused by a Blues opponent after pushing a NSW teammate as a scrum was about to pack. Referee Chris Sutton immediately looked at the NSW player in question, suggesting he heard the remark.
NRL chief executive Dave Smith (pictured) said he was disappointed, adding there was "no place for any form of discrimination in our game".
"Rugby League is a game for everyone and we will not tolerate slurs based on gender, race, sexuality or any other matter," he said. "The NRL is determined to stamp out discrimination in our game."
The NRL has the power to fine or suspend anyone found guilty of vilification.