An Aboriginal Australian rugby league player has been suspended for a game following a social media post she reportedly made about the Queen’s death last week, in which she referred to the Queen as a “stupid dog”.
Caitlin Moran, who plays for the NRLW Newcastle Knights, made derogatory comments about the Queen in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to multiple Australian media reports.
And the National Football League announced, on Tuesday, that it intends to ban Moran from one match and hand her a suspended fine equivalent to 25% of her contract.
The 25-year-old will also be required to attend educational and training programs related to her responsibilities as a player and her use of social media. NRL said the fine will be suspended if you attend those shows, but if there is another breach of the code, it will be required to pay the fine immediately.
. said Statement from NRL.
“Regardless of any personal views, all players and officials must abide by the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion, public comments made by the player have been detrimental to the game.”
Moran, who helped Australia’s Gilarros win the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in 2017, did not post a response to the NFL ban, nor did he respond to CNN’s request for comment.
She has until Tuesday to respond to the NRL notice.
knights They said they support One match suspension and a fine confirmed that Moran will not play in Sunday’s game against St. George’s Illuarra Dragons.
However, the Rugby League Players Association described the punishment as “extremely severe” and “disproportionate”, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, while NRLW coach Ronald Griffiths gave his support to Moran, who has an Aboriginal heritage.
“The relationship between Aboriginal people and the monarchy is certainly a complex one,” Griffiths told reporters on Sunday.
“At the end of the day, if Caitlin does something, it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we will work our way through that process.”
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For some Aboriginal Australians, the British monarchy is a painful reminder of their suffering under colonial rule, dating back to the time of the arrival of British settlers in Australia in 1788. Thousands of Aboriginal people were killed during the British colonization of the country.
Earlier this year, the indigenous legislator Lydia Thorpe He referred to the Queen as a colonizer during the swearing-in of the Australian Parliament.
Thorpe offered her support for Moran this week, in writing Twitter: “I am inviting the NRL to do their own racism awareness training. If anyone needs to learn, it’s you. You are responsible for creating a safe workplace for First Nations players. Solidarity with Kelten Moran [sic]. Strong sister.