National Rugby League statement on Addin Fonua-Blake

National Rugby League Acting Chief Executive Andrew Abdo has determined that Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Player Addin Fonua-Blake has breached the game’s Anti-Vilification Code.

“What happened on Sunday was divisive and against the fabric of what we stand for as a game,” he said.

“There is no place for comments like that in our game. Sport is about bringing people and communities together and we pride ourselves on being an inclusive game for everyone.

“Now that the Match Review process is complete, I want to speak directly with Addin and the Club about the incidents before determining any penalty.

“This is more than a simple sanction. It’s important there is an education and rehabilitation component to issues like this to ensure players learn from these mistakes and realise the impact of their actions on the community.”

Mr Abdo reaffirmed the game had a zero-tolerance approach for abuse of match officials.

“Our match officials have the toughest and most scrutinised job in the game. Decisions are always going to have an element of controversy but there is no excuse for abuse of any kind aimed at our officials. It will not be tolerated,” he said.

“I want to thank and congratulate all our officials who have adapted to significant rule changes this season.”

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