A formal investigation into claims Gold Coast Titans star Tyrone Peachey was allegedly racially abused on-field has failed to reach a conclusion.
The slur is alleged to have happened in the second half of Friday night’s clash between the Titans and Newcastle, with audio recording of the incident capturing Peachey telling the referee “That backrower called me a black c***.”
At the time, Peachey decided not to press forward with an on-field complaint against Newcastle forward Mitchell Barnett, but the Titans confirmed the following morning that they would be taking the matter further.
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“Our immediate focus is Tyrone Peachey as the impact of an event like this can have a toll on the individual. Tyrone has our absolute support,” Titans CEO Steve Mitchell said.
The Knights released their own statement at the time, confirming they were working with the NRL integrity unit.
“The player accused of these comments denies making any racial remarks or slurs. The club is conducting its own investigation into the claims and working alongside the NRL integrity unit,” the club said.
The NRL confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that they had interviewed both players involved and were unable to reach a conclusion on the matter.
“The NRL’s investigation, conducted under the Game’s Anti-Vilification Code, has not been able to determine the matter and the facts remain contested by each player,” the NRL said.
“In accordance with the provisions of the Code, both players involved will now be referred to a conciliation process.”
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the game would closely monitor the outcome of conciliation.
“Rugby league is an inclusive game and we take our duty of care to all of our players very seriously,” he said.
“It is important that every player feels supported when they make a complaint, and we want to see our players take a leadership role in speaking out.
“It is also important that where there is a dispute as to what has been said, the Game has a process designed to bring the parties together to address those matters in an appropriate way.
“My priority right now is monitoring the welfare of both players. I’m hopeful a conciliation meeting will find a resolution that benefits both players.”