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Broadcasting Standards Authority condemns racist comment by Rugby star

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has described a Super Rugby star’s comments as racist while clearing Sky TV of any wrongdoing in airing his comments.

Sky Sport show Kick Off was the subject of a complaint after an episode on June 13, 2019, saw Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall label All Blacks centre Jack Goodhue “a Jew”.

A regular segment of the show sees guests give out a ‘red card’ to a player of their choice while reviewing the previous week of rugby action.

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That week saw Hall as the guest and Goodhue the target of the ‘red card’ because he was allegedly too cheap to pay for his wedding.

“I’m red-carding…Jack Goodhue for his mullet…the real reason why he’s running a mullet at the moment is that he’s engaged…doesn’t want to pay for his wedding, so he’s actually looking for Women’s Day or Women’s Weekly to try and get behind and pay for his wedding, so red card for being a Jew, Jack, so there you go mate.”

A spokesperson for The Jewish Council in New Zealand told Stuff the decision was “extremely disappointing and quite shocking”.

“It is unacceptable that the broadcaster should not be [held] accountable for saying such a thing,” Juliet Moses said.

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