Ballina Seagull player Ben Crawford runs, looking for someone to pass to.
Ballina Seagull player Ben Crawford runs, looking for someone to pass to. Marc Stapelberg

Club won’t back racism claim

THE Ballina Seagulls rugby league club will not make an official complaint to the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League governing body after allegations of racial vilification towards its players in a game at the weekend.

There were allegations that players from the Mullumbimby Giants made racist remarks towards Ballina players in a reserve grade match at Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby.

The NRRRL received a written complaint from a Ballina spectator on Monday afternoon about the alleged incident.

"We spoke to the players about it last night and no one wants to take it further," club president Max Beecher said.

"There is no real evidence from what we can see and no player has spoken out."

The clubs will have until 5pm tomorrow afternoon to send any information to the NRRRL president Brian Rix.

There was a separate physical altercation inside the clubhouse between two spectators that is believed to be unrelated.

"We've made some extensive inquiries and are treating the situation very seriously," Rix said.



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