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“This Tony Clubb situation has been dealt with poorly by both the RFL and Wigan” – how social media reacted to the news of Tony Clubb’s eight-match ban

It’s been one of the most talked about incidents in rugby league for a long time, but Tony Clubb was given an eight-match ban and fined £500 for an alleged racist remark aimed at Hull FC’s Andre Savelio. How did social media react?

It’s fair to say that most people weren’t best pleased with the end result.

This was the consensus amongst most of the rugby league fraternity with many hoping that the ruling would set an example. Yet, the RFL was attacked for its language in response to the incident.

This was taken one step further by another user who even declared it was “a sad time for rugby league.”

Some made comparisons to other lengthy bens, including Bradford’s George Flanagan who was banned for ten matches for “attacking an opponent’s testicles.”

Another Twitter user even brought to light Wigan’s own statement on the matter.

Someone else believed that the decision to get statements from his fellow players and coach was always going to be controversial.

The news made the headlines in major newspapers, but one person highlighted the minimalistic extent of rugby league’s profile as a result.

Some underlined parallels between Clubb’s actions and those of Ben Flower in the 2014 Grand Final when the latter punched Lance Hohaia as he was prone on the floor for the negative effect on the sport.

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  1. Rogertrucks

    May 6, 2021 at 6:12 am

    To my mind its way over the top, since when has Rugby been woke ?

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