Welsh Rugby asked to investigate alleged racist and homophobic abuse by players - Ruck

Welsh Rugby asked to investigate alleged racist and homophobic abuse by players

A Welsh rugby club has asked the Welsh Rugby Union and police to investigate alleged racist and homophobic comments made by players towards a teammate.

Pontarddulais RFC have said they “will co-operate fully with these investigations”.

The west Wales club added the players concerned “have been suspended until the outcome of the investigation”.

“As club officials and management committee we know our initial reaction was flawed, now is not the time for defensiveness and we are sincerely sorry for causing any additional distress.

“Incidents and language of the sort we have seen here are ugly expressions of deeper prejudices and inequalities, and as a club who is proud of our role in our community it is clear to us that we have a role in tackling those underlying issues.

“We have a duty to our players and our community to make sure our club is a safe, welcoming place and over the next few days we will be seeking guidance from the WRU and others on how we can take meaningful action.”

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