STATEMENT: Newcastle Falcons confirm ongoing investigation - Ruck

STATEMENT: Newcastle Falcons confirm ongoing investigation

Newcastle Falcons have released a statement following confirmation that the club is under investigation following racism allegations made by Luther Burrell.

The club said: “Following Luther Burrell’s recent media interviews, Newcastle Falcons – as Luther’s most recent club – said it would investigate whether any of the incidents referenced in the article took place during his time at Newcastle Falcons. 

“We wanted the investigation to be fully independent and, as such, we agreed that the RFU would conduct the investigation and we will review their findings and recommendations before deciding on any appropriate action. 

“The club has a rich history of cultural diversity within the squad and the wider business, with multiple nationalities and cultures represented across the company. There is no place for any discriminatory behaviour in rugby or in any walk of life. 

“All of our employees are currently undertaking equality, diversity and inclusion refresher training and this will form part of a regular programme going forward. We are determined to continue to be a fully inclusive club. 

“We would encourage everyone involved in rugby to work together collectively to ensure the right processes are in place and that rugby is the inclusive and welcoming environment it should be.”