Featherstone youngster banned for racism

An RFL Operational Rules Tribunal has handed down an eight-match suspension to Featherstone Rovers player Bradley Knowles-Tagg after finding him guilty of racially abusing a Salford City Reds player in an Under-20s fixture on June 29, 2013.

Knowles-Tagg was found to be in breach of Law 15.1(f) using offensive or obscene language and was charged with the Grade E offence of using verbal abuse based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin.

The youngster, who did not attend the Tribunal or respond to communications about the charge or the hearing, has 14 days in which to appeal.

In a statement, Featherstone confirmed that Knowles-Tagg had been released and has had no involvement with the club since the incident.

Rovers CEO Craig Poskitt said: “Racism has no place in sport or society and Featherstone Rovers will not condone or tolerate behaviour such as this.

“As soon as we were made aware of the allegations we suspended the player and he has had, and will not have, any involvement with Featherstone Rovers.

“We pride ourselves as a club that is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their race, colour, sexual orientation or religion, and will do all we can to protect that reputation.”