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NRL legend Matty Johns under attack for ‘dangerous and offensive’ Hitler joke

The Matty Johns Show has been convicted of uttering a tasteless joke about Adolf Hitler during the Sunday night program.

An image of the Nazi leader was mocked in a photoshopped image of the crowd during the Manly Sea Eagles and Canterbury Bulldogs game as part of the NRL’s fan-in-the-stand initiative, while spectators were unable to attend due to COVID-19 be able to attend competitions.

Hitler was portrayed alongside Channel 9’s Richard Wilkins, with the program airing on social media after the image went viral.

“Please tell me this didn’t really happen,” tweeted federal MP Macnamara Josh Burns.

A photoshopped image of Adolf Hitler (pictured left) appeared on the Matty Johns Show on Sunday evening

A photoshopped image of Adolf Hitler (pictured left) appeared on the Matty Johns Show on Sunday evening

The image was made up for a joke as part of the NRL's fan-in-the-stand initiative, while fans are unable to attend matches due to COVID-19. Picture: Matty John with his wife Patricia at the premiere of 'The Final Winter' in August 2007

The image was made up for a joke as part of the NRL's fan-in-the-stand initiative, while fans are unable to attend matches due to COVID-19. Picture: Matty John with his wife Patricia at the premiere of 'The Final Winter' in August 2007

The image was made up for a joke as part of the NRL’s fan-in-the-stand initiative, while fans are unable to attend matches due to COVID-19. Picture: Matty John with his wife Patricia at the premiere of ‘The Final Winter’ in August 2007

Sickening. The NRL has worked really hard to change the culture around the league and it is definitely improving, so I’m disappointed that in 2020 someone thinks Hitler jokes are funny and tries to dump them in, ” a fan wrote on Twitter .

“I understand that people can become valuable and easily offended, but this is not one of those times. You can’t joke about Hitler, ”wrote another fan.

“Absolutely disgraceful!” another fan posted. “How does something like that make the cut?”

Australian Judaism Executive Council CEO Alex Ryvchin said the program should tell viewers that it’s not there.

“This kind of stupidity, the casualness of Hitler, Nazis, and by extension their crimes, is what causes swastikas in our cities to be grafted and school children harassed with jokes about gas chambers,” said Ryvchin.

Eagle-eyed fans spot British serial killer Harold Shipman at Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers match on Sunday

Eagle-eyed fans spot British serial killer Harold Shipman at Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers match on Sunday

Eagle-eyed fans spot British serial killer Harold Shipman at Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers match on Sunday

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Fox Sports for comment.

Pranksters have hijacked the NRL’s fan-in-the-stand initiative with a family dog, the controversial chief adviser to Boris Johnson, and one of the world’s most prolific serial killers who all appear at the weekend’s games.

Third round action returned to television screens in Australia and around the world after a 10-week hiatus due to coronavirus blockage.

But with games played in empty stadiums, the game’s administrators wanted to bring in some fun ideas to spice up the broadcast.

In addition to automated audience sounds, the NRL also launched an initiative where supporters can get a cardboard cutout of themselves in the stands.

Part of the $ 22 fee also goes to the mental health charity Gotcha4Life.

In Friday night's matchup between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the camera zoomed in on a cardboard cutout of a dog, to the laughter of commentators

In Friday night's matchup between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the camera zoomed in on a cardboard cutout of a dog, to the laughter of commentators

In Friday night’s matchup between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the camera zoomed in on a cardboard cutout of a dog, to the laughter of commentators

In Friday night’s matchup between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the camera zoomed in on a cardboard cutout of a dog, to the laughter of commentators.

“My dog ​​was just on national TV. Best $ 22 I’ve ever spent, ‘the dog owner wrote on Twitter.

During the same match, British Prime Minister’s chief political adviser, Dominic Cummings, was also noted.

The beleaguered archetype of the Brexit campaign has recently come under fire after breaking the coronavirus locking rules by traveling over 400 miles to his parents’ farm in Durham.

While fans particularly appreciated the political sting on social media, it was during the match Penrith Panthers vs Newcastle Knights where things took a more sinister tone.

Eagle-eyed footy fans saw a cutout of Harold Shipman – aka Dr. Death.

Dominic Cummings, the British Prime Minister's chief political adviser, was also seen in the stands

Dominic Cummings, the British Prime Minister's chief political adviser, was also seen in the stands

Dominic Cummings, the British Prime Minister’s chief political adviser, was also seen in the stands

“(I) absolutely love the Panthers v Knights in sunny England, but I’m not sure why serial killer Harold Shipman is in the stands,” one user posted on Twitter.

The English doctor was convicted of 15 murders in January 2000, but authorities believe he may have killed up to 250 patients under his care.

He died in prison in 2004, at the age of 57.

“We wanted to make sure that the lifeblood of the NRL, our members and fans, had the opportunity to put on their jerseys, put on their club colors and support in a really fun way,” NRL head of marketing Peter Jarmain told NRL .com when the initiative is launched.

“I know the players and clubs will appreciate the support, even though the fans can’t scream, celebrate and jump around for the tries and hits like they normally would.”

The NRL is the first sport in Australia to return to competition after the COVID-19 has been shut down.

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