RFL fine Argyle for racist comments

David Argyle has been fined £7,500 by the Rugby Football League for the racist comments made to Jose Kenga.

Swinton prop Kenga raised the issue on social media last week after Argyle asked him “do they allow black people in Swinton?” in their recent match against Toronto.

The Wolfpack owner has since apologised and stepped down as chairman and CEO of the club he bankrolls.

RFL statement:

The RFL takes a zero-tolerance approach to the use of any of any Unacceptable Language based on someone’s race. The sanction reflects this and the relevant mitigating factors relating to this matter. These include that Mr Argyle admitted the charge, has apologised publicly to the Swinton player Jose Kenga, has made strong statements denouncing the language and has stepped down from his roles as Chairman and CEO.

The RFL is fully committed to ensuring that Rugby League is an inclusive sport accessible and enjoyed by all. As such it will ringfence a proportion of the imposed fine for the ‘Enjoy the Game’ Campaign, specifically regarding the inclusion of BAME individuals in Rugby League. The RFL will work with Swinton Lions and/or Jose Kenga on how the funds can best be utilised for this.