Wigan prop Tony Clubb has been charged with using racist language by the Rugby Football League.
The charge comes in the wake of Hull second rower Andre Savelio alleging Clubb called him a ‘stupid Polynesian c***’ during their match last week.
Clubb was suspended by Wigan on Friday as they launched a joint investigation with Hull, and on Monday the RFL announced that he had been charged with the ‘Grade F offence of unacceptable language or abuse based on national or ethnic origin, following an incident in the 15th minute of the match’.
Wigan prop Tony Clubb has been charged with using racist language last week by the RFL
Hull second rower Andre Savelio alleged the Wigan player used a racist slur towards him
Clubb will attend an independent tribunal on Tuesday to answer the charge.
Speaking after the match, Savelio said he was concerned he would be unable to prove the alleged abuse took place.
‘I’m just hopeful a camera or microphone clocked it and it’s dealt with,’ said Savelio.
‘I’ve seen these things happen enough to know most of the time there’s never enough proof on these – but I swear it on my mum’s…’
Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski insisted last week that the club would ensure the allegations were fully investigated.
Clubb was suspended from all club activities by Wigan last week after the accusations
‘There is no room for racism in sport in any form and we take the accusations made by Hull’s Andre Savelio very seriously,’ Radlinski said.
‘Our immediate intention is to work closely with Hull and the governing body to gather all the facts and support the investigation process that is in place.
‘In the short term, Tony Clubb will be suspended from all club activities. Tony’s evidence will be taken into consideration by all parties moving forward and his welfare will remain [the] responsibility of Wigan Warriors throughout the investigation.’