Wigan prop Tony Clubb suspended after Super League club launch probe into alleged racist comment

Wigan prop Tony Clubb suspended after Super League club launch probe into alleged racist comment aimed at Hull forward Andre Savelio

  • Wigan investigated alleged racist comment made during match against Hull FC
  • Hull forward Savelio claimed a Wigan player used a racist remark on Thursday
  • New Zealand-born Savelio, who is of Samoan descent, reported it to the referee

Wigan have suspended prop forward Tony Clubb pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged racism.

Hull second-rower Andre Savelio made the allegation during his side’s 16-14 Super League defeat by the Warriors on Thursday.

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: ‘There is no room for racism in sport in any form and we take the accusations made by Hull’s Andre Savelio very seriously.

Wigan prop forward Tony Clubb (above) has been suspended by the Super League club

‘Our immediate intention is to work closely with Hull and the governing body to gather all the facts and support the investigation process.

‘In the short term, Tony Clubb will be suspended from all club activities.’

Radlinski added: ‘Tony’s evidence will be taken into consideration by all parties moving forward and his welfare will remain a responsibility of Wigan Warriors throughout the investigation.’

Hull second-rower Andre Savelio made the allegation during Super League match on Thursday

Hull second-rower Andre Savelio made the allegation during Super League match on Thursday

The clubs launched a joint internal investigation. Both have discussed the matter and are talking to the Rugby Football League, who say they will review and investigate the incident through the normal match review and disciplinary process.

On Thursday night Savelio tweeted: ‘There’s no reason at all for me to lie.

‘For him to call me a “stupid Polynesian c***” in a game where 30 per cent are of that heritage, hell I won’t sit quietly.’

Savelio complained to referee James Child towards the end of the first half and Child placed it on report.

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