Eight young men booted from an NRL game after allegedly hurling racist abuse at an indigenous player filmed themselves being escorted from the stadium.
Spectators were kicked out of Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on Friday during the Panthers and Warriors game on Friday after taunting Penrith winger Brent Naden from the sidelines.
A video shared on social media showed the alleged perpetrators leaving the ground, with one of the men shouting ‘f *** the Panthers’.
In a second fragment of images, three men appear to be performing a native dance. The video is captioned ‘that’s mi boyz’.
Eight young men booted from an NRL match after allegedly hurling racist abuse at an indigenous player filmed themselves being escorted from the stadium. In one fragment of images, three men appear to be performing a native dance. The video is entitled ‘That’s mi boyz’
Brent Naden (photo) thanks the audience after winning 18-12 in Gosford on Friday evening
Former New Zealand test hooker Issac Luke uploaded the videos to Twitter and wrote, “I don’t know what was said to the Naden, but these clowns walked right out of the premises.”
‘This video takes so much away from our game. Learn to respect the cultures of others. ‘
On Saturday, the NRL continued its investigation into the incident and CEO Andrew Abdo pledged long bans if the allegations are true.
“Things like this don’t happen very often, but they should never happen,” Mr. Abdo said.
One of the men reportedly booted from the ground on Friday filmed himself screaming ‘f *** the Panthers’
‘If they do happen, we must act decisively and united and forcefully.
“We will do whatever we see fit to ensure that the fans who have proven to act this way will not be able to attend our matches in the future.”
Abdo contacted Naden on Friday evening, while the detectives spoke with the 24-year-old on Saturday.
The alleged verbal abuse left Naden shocked and has sparked a flood of support from past and present players.
“I would like to commend the actions of Brent Naden, who in this case was brave in making people aware of what was happening,” Abdo said.
“We hunt for the names and whereabouts of the individuals.
“We had fans in the stadium who supported the account of what happened.”
It is believed the investigation could be completed early this week, and Naden is expected to speak publicly afterward.
Footage taken by Fox League on Friday shows two police officers confronting the group of men in the stands before walking up the stairs and out of the room.
Eight young men were kicked out of NRL contest by police after allegedly racially abusing native player Brent Naden
Sideline commentator Steve Roach drew attention to the incident after the group got off the ground at the end of the first half.
“Guys, there’s been some racist abuse here on the sidelines,” Roach said.
“A few fans gave it to Brent Naden, they escorted from the ground.”
Commentators Matt Russell and Braith Anasta agreed that there should be no time in the NRL for racist abuse.
Great to hear they shipped quickly, that might be one of the stories from this game – why the hell would anyone do that? Let’s hope they are identified, ”said Russell.
Anasta added, “That’s disgusting, it’s crazy, get them out and never let them in again.”
Brent Naden (right) is pictured with Chris Randall of the Newcastle Knights
Naden scored the opening attempt for Penrith in Friday night’s game with the New Zealand Warriors
The alleged perpetrators are believed to be in their early twenties and some of them wore Warriors jerseys to the clash.
Friday marked history for the Panthers, as it was the first time in the club’s history that they have won nine games in a row.
But their 18-12 victory was sadly overshadowed by the alleged racial abuse.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said the alleged incident affected the 24-year-old more than he expected. Fox Sports reported.
Brent is fine. He said it’s not the first time he’s heard that in his life, but not on this forum [at a stadium],’ he said.
‘I think it happened more than once. I don’t really know the exact details and after that there will have to be some sort of investigation. Our main goal is to make sure Brent is okay.
“He’s okay, it sure hit him, he said he was surprised he was hit by it.”
Cameron George, CEO of Warriors, said his club did not condone racial comments to anyone who plays rugby league or in general.
Spectators were escorted from Central Coast Stadium in Gosford during the game between Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors after allegedly taunting Naden from the sidelines on Friday.
NRL fans took to Twitter to dismiss the alleged racial abuse, saying the group should be banned from attending live games for life
NRL fans took to Twitter to dismiss the alleged racial abuse, saying the group should be banned from attending live games for life.
‘Absolutely disgusting. I hope they will be banned and charged for life. Put on seams. Brilliant football player, ‘one person tweeted.
“Let’s hope the names of the people who racially abused Brent Naden get passed on to the NRL so that all eight of them are banned from attending NRL games in the near future,” wrote another.
‘Really proud of Brent Naden for standing up for himself and reporting on those excruciating bulls ***. Racism has to be evoked every time, ”added a third.
A fourth said: ‘Absolutely disgusted by those’ fans’ who were caught racially abusing Naden. Great job identifying and removing them. Here’s the hope they don’t get off it lightly. ‘
Naden and Josh Mansour celebrate after Dylan Edwards scored a try in Friday’s game