AN alleged racial incident at Ian Walton Rugby Park, Crescent Head, on July 17 is under investigation after Port Macquarie Pirates player Corey Tutt said he was called a "half-caste ****" by an unidentified spectator.
Mr Tutt is a Kamilaroi man and former NSW Young Australian of the Year, who said he has worn Indigenous designed headgear for the past three years.
"It happened before (my game) whilst I was on my own," he told NITV News.
"There were players around but they didn't hear it and I trust them on that."
Last weekend i had the “pleasure” of a spectator of my Rugby game calling me a half cast c**t. He also threatened to bash me and said I was going to get smashed. I believe I was a target because of my headgear I wear every week for the last 3 seasons. I was devastated and angry.— Corey Tutt (@corey_tutt) July 24, 2021
He also said he'd quit rugby union the next day, in response to the incident.
The Pirates indicated it would be lodging a formal complaint with Rugby Union NSW.
The Kempsey Cannonballs rugby union football club said they were advised on Monday by the Port Macquarie Pirates about the alleged racial abuse.
In a statement, the club said they'd contacted Mr Tutt and apologised.
"We are continuing to investigate the incident and have escalated to NSW Rugby and await advice," they stated.
The club believes the individual responsible has no connection to the Cannonballs.
Mr Tutt said he had nothing but love and respect for Kempsey.
"I want to make it clear it's not a reflection on the Kempsey Cannonballs or their club, they're really great guys and I love playing against them," he told the Argus.
"They're always welcome at my place anytime, I love them to bits."
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