The chief executive of Australia’s North Queensland Cowboys condemned a homophobic slur directed at one of his players from New Zealand Warriors winger Marcelo Montoya, saying the comment had no place in rugby league.
Montoya and the Warriors apologised after the incident during a National Rugby League match against on Friday night.
“Both Marcelo and the club are extremely apologetic for the offence this has caused. It was unacceptable,” Warriors chief executive Cameron George said in a statement.
“Marcelo accepts responsibility and knows there’s no place for such behaviour both in the game and in society generally.”
The 26-year-old Fijian will face the NRL’s judiciary this week over the comment, which was directed at Cowboys player Kyle Feldt.
“We were extremely disappointed to learn a homophobic slur was used by an opposing player during our match against the Warriors on Friday night,” North Queensland Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel said.
“There is absolutely no place for hurtful or divisive language in our game.”
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