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NRL news 2024: Three spectators charged by NSWRL over racial abuse; Campbelltown vs Thirlmere, Group 6 first grade match

Three female spectactors have been charged by the New South Wales Rugby League of using vile and racist slurs during a first grade match in the Campbelltown area south west of Sydney last weekend.

The charges arose after complaints were lodged with the NSWRL following the live streaming of the match in Group 6 of the Country Rugby League.

Audio with the footage on YouTube revealed Campbelltown Collegians players being abused by members of the crowd after their victory at Thirlmere Sports Ground.

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Among the profanities, a female in the crowd allegedly screamed “get back on your boat” at a Collegians player of Polynesian descent.

The footage went viral and was viewed over 250,000 times, resulting in a NSWRL investigation.

“The NSWRL has charged three female spectators with several code of conduct offences following a Macarthur Premiership match between Thirlmere Roosters and Campbelltown Collegians on Sunday 28 April,” a statement read.

“The offences include using offensive or obscene language, and behaving in a manner contrary to the spirit of the game. One of the spectators has also been charged with exhibiting racial intolerance.

“Both clubs have assisted the NSWRL with its investigation. The NSWRL, and the clubs involved, do not tolerate any form of vilification.

“No further comment will be made until the matter is complete.”

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