Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Last night’s game between the New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys was the type of contest we have come to expect whenever these two sides clash.
This was a back and forth match that never swayed too far in the favour of either side and was decided in golden point when Shaun Johnson kicked the match-winning field goal for the Warriors.
Nathan Brown’s side currently sits in seventh place on the NRL ladder after their third straight win of the season while the Cowboys drop to eighth following their second straight loss and third of the season.
Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium was once again packed to the brim as the locals prepare for their team The Dolphins to make their NRL debut in 2023.
Unfortunately, a great contest in front of a lively crowd has been overshadowed by an alleged homophobic slur from an unnamed Warriors player towards Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt while Feldt was on the ground injured.
The slur could be heard through the referee’s microphone with just over 20 minutes left in the second half with the incident currently being investigated by the NRL.
NRL to investigate alleged homophobic slur from Warriors player
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No players were in view of the camera when the slur was used so at this point nobody can be ruled out.
“Get up Kyle you f****t,” was the alleged homophobic statement uttered by the unknown player.
If the NRL does decide to take action against the player in question they will be hit with a contrary conduct charge.
Depending on the grading of the charge, the player could be fined $1,000 and be free to play next week or receive a maximum suspension of two weeks.
This is not the first time a homophobic incident has plagued the NRL as in 2014 current Parramatta Eels halfback and New South Wales State of Origin representative Mitchell Moses was given a two-match ban for using a homophobic slur toward former Raiders player Luke Bateman.
Moses was at the Wests Tigers at the time.
At this point there is no word on whether or not the Warriors have decided to investigate this matter internally.