A top rugby league coach has been fined for using “unacceptable” language when he used the insulting term “m * ng” in reference to one of his players.
Warrington Wales coach Steve Price said in a post-match interview.
He described one of his players on television as “M * ng power”.
This sentence is considered an insulting term against people with learning disabilities, especially people with Down syndrome.
The Australian made the remarks, referring to young forward Alice Robson after the club’s 44-18 win over Lee Centurions at Halleville Jones Stadium in June.
Price corrected himself during a post-match press conference and issued an apology through the club, which said the term used was “completely unacceptable”.
The coach has now been fined 3,000 – of which 2,000 has been suspended for 12 months – and will have to undergo learning disability awareness training.
It was found by an independent rugby football league (RFL) tribunal that Price had “defamed the game” with his comments.
An RFL spokesman said: “Warrington Wales coach Steve Price has been suspended for 12 months with a – 3,000 – 2,000 fine – and a decision to violate the game’s operational rules. Later in the sports training session will learn about learning disabilities.
An independent tribunal found Price using unacceptable language during an interview with Sky Sports after his team’s match against Le Centurions on June 24, which violated the game’s honor policy and the game. Slandered
While acknowledging that Price had no malicious intent, the tribunal found the term offensive, discriminatory and offensive and that it should have no place in sport or society.
Vijay Patel, Campaign Assistant in Maine Cape, a leading charitable organization that works with people with learning disabilities, condemned the first comment.
Mr Patel said: “Such words are unacceptable.
“As a sports fan, it’s annoying and I can’t believe we’re in 2021 and things like that are still being said.
“Some people may think it’s just words, but naming can encourage bullying and discrimination against people with learning disabilities like me.
“People should think before they speak.
“We also need a better understanding of learning disabilities, then people will understand how such a language can affect learning disabilities and hurt their feelings. We are people too. “
The club issued a statement after their match, apologizing for the “hurtful and insulting” language used by Price and saying it would deal with the matter internally.
A spokesman for the club said at the time: “The term is completely unacceptable and its use has no place in sports or society.
Steve has since apologized, expressing deep regret and frustration, and corrected his remarks at a post-match press conference.
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