TWO men have been charged after allegedly sending abusive messages via social media to South Sydney Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell.
Police launched an investigation after the NRL Integrity Unit reported a player had received “numerous offensive and threatening” messages on social media.
According to NSW Police, some of those messages were “racially charged”.
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Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 22-year-old man at a home at Taree and a 25-year-old man at Lake Munmorah today.
Police seized electronic devices, which will undergo forensic examination.
Both men have been charged with use carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence and granted bail to appear in NSW courts next month.
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said the competition would not tolerate the abuse of players.
“The NRL was informed of this abuse over the weekend and our Integrity Unit immediately investigated and referred our file, with the support of Latrell, to NSW Police to commence a criminal investigation,” Abdo said.
“There is no place for fans like this in our game. Any fan who racially abuses or threatens our players will be referred to police.
“I want to commend Latrell for the leadership role he is taking. We wholeheartedly support Latrell in reporting this matter. He is a leader in the fight against racism in our community.”