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South Sydney rugby player fined $10,000 for anti-gay slur

South Sydney rugby player fined $10,000 for anti-gay slur

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Issac Luke has been fined $10,000 for using an anti-gay slur on social media.

Issac Luke, 27, reached out to a young Sydney supporter on Instagram who was hospitalized after a match earlier this month.

Then in response to taunting comments from rival fans, he wrote: ‘get off my page you lil poofters. This is about a kid your fans knocked out.’

The hooker, who also plays for the New Zealand Kiwis, quickly deleted the post and apologized but was fined $10,000, half suspended, on Tuesday (27 April) after an investigation by the National Rugby League (NRL).

‘There is no place for vilification of any kind in rugby league,’ an NRL spokesperson said.

‘We believe that education is the most important element in dealing with vilification matters such as this.’

‘So we will require Issac to undertake an education program in tolerance and equity in addition to the financial penalty.’

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission praised the NRL for its tough stance.

‘We welcome the NRL calling out Issac Luke’s anti-gay slur, we also welcome Issac’s apology and wish to change. Sport should be about a level playing field and that starts with treating athletes with respect and mana,’ it said in a statement.

Last month, an Australian rugby union player was fined for calling two opponents a ‘faggot’ during a the same game.