Betfred Championship club determined to tackle “racial abuse” of opposition players arising over the last two months

Whitehaven have made a strong stand against “racial and other abuse towards opposing team’s players and officials.”

This comes after the club has received reports over the last two months of this. It’s a sour note for them to end their season on which hasn’t reached the heights of 2021 when they finished in the top six.

Haven finished 10th this campaign with nine wins from 27 games. No doubt still in a healthy place going into 2023 and hoping to have another crack at the play-offs, especially with Alex Bishop back and signing a new deal, this news will have disappointed many at the club.

However, the club is determined to stand in the way of such a problem and has released the following statement as they look to put a stop to it: “Unfortunately over the final 2 months the club has received reports of racial and other abuse towards opposing team’s players and officials.

“The club is now conducting investigations on these claims and any one found to be in breach of club’s and the RFL’s protocol will be issued a ban that we as a club do see fit.

“The club fully supports the RFL’s Tackle It Campaign against all from of discrimination including racism and while we know our fans can be passionate there is no room for this unacceptable behaviour which can & will negatively affect the club financially & by causing compliance issues.

“Anyone with any information around these claims please email amanda.hewer@whitehavenrugbyleague.onmicrosoft.com.

“All information will be kept strictly confidential and would urge any member of our fantastic supporter base who have any concerns or information regarding any incidents to please contact us.”

It’s not what the club needed going into their 75th anniversary but they should be applauded for taking such a stand against it.

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