NRL news 2023, NSW Police penalty for teen who racially abused Latrell Mitchell


NSW Police have issued a warning to a teenager found guilty of racially abusing South Sydney superstar Latrell Mitchell.

Mitchell was abused by the spectator at Penrith’s BlueBet Stadium last Thursday as players left the field at half time of the NRL game.

Police and the NRL launched an investigation into the incident.

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“Following inquiries by officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command, a 14-year-old boy has been spoken to and issued a warning under the Young Offenders Act,” the statement to Wide World of Sports said.

“The NSW Police investigation is now complete.”

The NRL is yet to announce the completion of the integrity unit’s own probe.

In the wake of last week’s incident, NRL boss Andrew Abdo revealed his own experiences of racism, being from South Africa.

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“It was abhorrent. I grew up, when I was very young, when apartheid still existed and I got to see the pain that inflicted,” he said.

“As someone right in the middle of that, I completely understand how much these types of statements hurt. But then I got to see how South Africa transformed under the leadership of Nelson Mandela.

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“The reason I’m using that analogy is when I came to Australia, I was overwhelmed by how inclusive Australian society actually is in comparison to and in context to where I came from.

“And whilst there are always going to be outliers, individuals in society that are at the extreme, and we’ll do everything we can to educate them and change the way they behave and things they say.”

Mitchell will line up for the Rabbitohs in Friday night’s blockbuster against his former club, the Roosters.

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