Thursday 12 September 2013 4:40 PM
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have denied entry to tomorrow night’s finals clash with the Storm, and put under review the Memberships of two individuals following an in-depth investigation into a number of incidents that have occurred at Rabbitohs games and other NRL events this season, including the display of a derogatory sign at last week’s round 26 fixture against the Roosters.
The Rabbitohs are continuing investigations in regards to other Members’ behaviour, including those that occurred last Friday night at ANZ Stadium in The Burrow area.
The two Members have been informed that they are banned from attending tomorrow night’s second Qualifying Final between the Rabbitohs and Storm, that the NRL Integrity Unit has been informed about all incidents in question, and that their ongoing Membership status will be reviewed as per the Club’s Customer Service Charter and Member Company’s constitution, meaning there could be cancellation of this and subsequent year’s Memberships.
“We regard highly the safety of Members and supporters at our games and events and unfortunately the actions of these Members have led us to take this course of action against them,” Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said.
“The action we have taken is supported by the NRL and ANZ Stadium, and hopefully this makes for a more enjoyable and safe game day experience for the majority as we enter a very exciting period of football for our Members and supporters.
“This is not the end of our investigation, and if other Members are found to have displayed inappropriate behaviour that can damage the reputation of the Club or put the safety of other Members and patrons at risk, then they will also face cancellation of their Membership and or total bans from attending NRL events in the future.
“As we said in our statement on Monday, we want to thank all of our Members and supporters who have got behind the team this season in a positive fashion, and we look forward to seeing a big contingent of Rabbitohs support in the stands at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.”