ALLEGATION: RFL investigate alleged racial abuse against Mikolaj Oledzki
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The RFL are to investigate alleged racial abuse against Mikolaj Oledzki after it was brought forwards by the Leeds Rhinos player.
Oledzki says he was “shocked” and “disappointed” to hear the comment come from the stands during his side’s 27-26 Betfred Super League defeat by Warrington at Headingley on Sunday night.
“Rugby league is a tough enough sport as it is,” Oledzki said in an interview on Rhinos TV. “I’m just really disappointed because we stand so strongly against racism and discrimination.
“As players, we all expect to get a bit of abuse but there is no need for racism or anything like that.
“We’re going to leave it to the RFL to review it and see if anything will get done or can be done.
“I’m just disappointed because there are kids in the stand too and the remark that was said to me was quite loud.
“To be honest, I was shocked myself because I’ve never really experienced it, it’s not something you’d want your kids to hear. We’ll see what happens.
“Everyone makes mistakes and reacts with emotion sometimes. I’m not saying anyone is a bad person, but I just want people to think about what they say before they say it.”
An RFL spokesman said Oledzki raised the issue with match referee Chris Kendall so it has, therefore, been included in his report and will be investigated.
A statement from Warrington said: “The club is aware of allegations of racist abuse directed towards Leeds Rhinos player Mikolaj Oledzki from one of our supporters during last night’s Betfred Super League round 17 fixture.
“Warrington Wolves strongly condemns racism and discrimination and it has no place at our club, in Rugby League or in society.
“An investigation will now take place in conjunction with Leeds Rhinos and the Rugby Football League and no further comment will be made at this stage.”
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