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Waratahs forward fined for anti-gay slur in Super Rugby game

Waratahs forward Jacques Potgieter fined for discriminatory slug during Super Rugby game

Waratahs forward fined for anti-gay slur in Super Rugby game

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Australian Rugby Union has fined Jacques Potgieter 20,000 Australian dollars ($15,600) after the New South Wales Waratahs forward made an anti-gay slur during a Super Rugby match against the ACT Brumbies on Sunday.

The ARU issued a statement Monday saying the Sydney-based, South African forward admitted making "comments contrary to the Australian Rugby Union's Inclusion Policy."

Half the fine was suspended, and Potgieter was ordered to undergo educational and awareness training.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver says: "We take the issue of homophobia in sport seriously and want to provide a positive environment for everyone involved in rugby. Comments of this nature cannot be tolerated."

ACT forward David Pocock, a vocal advocate of same-sex marriage, complained to referee Craig Joubert about the slurs during the match.


Updated : 2020-11-30 16:21 GMT+08:00