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Australian Rugby Player Suspended for Anti-Gay Slur: VIDEO


Mitchell Moses (right), a half-back for the NSW West Tigers Australian National Rugby League team, was given a two-match ban this week after calling Queensland forward Luke Bateman (above) a "f--king gay c--t".

MosesThe Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The comments were detected by referee Chris Sutton's microphone and were clearly audible on the television coverage of the match, which was watched by 103,000 viewers on Fox Sports.

Maroons officials spoke to Bateman after the match and the Canberra forward told them he was unfazed by the incident and did not want to make a complaint against the NSW player, whom he named.

They again checked on Bateman's welfare on Sunday morning and he said he was happy for the NRL to investigate the matter but did not intend to lodge an official complaint.

The offender was later identified as Moses.

Watch video of the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That's not really what I'd call an anti-gay slur.

    Posted by: Bart | May 6, 2014 3:12:14 PM

  2. It's great that the league is taking the overall problem of anti-gay speech seriously. But even I recognize that talking smack in the heat of competition is different than baiting during a fight. Unless there is a history of anti-gay behavior from this player, I would have been satisfied if he had just been asked to make a public apology and promise to choose his words more carefully in the future.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | May 6, 2014 3:18:58 PM

  3. they should wrestle it out. in their gear. after a game.

    Posted by: jaker | May 6, 2014 3:33:03 PM

  4. Reason number 9 million why the US is awful.

    Posted by: Tigernan | May 6, 2014 3:44:01 PM

  5. Since when is a "f*cking gay c*nt" considered a gay slur?

    Posted by: Michael | May 6, 2014 3:47:28 PM

  6. Hey, Tingernan, as least Americans can figure out Australia isn't part of America.

    Posted by: Michael | May 6, 2014 3:49:15 PM

  7. He should receive two penalties: one for offending LGBTQ and a second for offending women.

    Posted by: Sean (The Jeep Guy) | May 6, 2014 4:31:02 PM

  8. sounds a bit oxymoronic . . . at least when said to a gay man.

    Posted by: Alan | May 6, 2014 4:48:36 PM

  9. both love hard gay sex after a hard game

    Posted by: litper | May 6, 2014 5:32:50 PM

  10. Love a sport that features big men in small shorts...

    Posted by: jarago | May 6, 2014 5:57:17 PM

  11. Moses can call me a f@%king gay c*nt anytime he pleases, preferably while treating me as one.

    Posted by: 24play | May 6, 2014 5:57:36 PM

  12. I guess it could be offensive to lesbian women and gay transmen?

    Posted by: Derrick | May 6, 2014 7:23:11 PM

  13. When an attractive white guy says homophobic stuff, "f--king gay c--ts" will automatically forgive him.

    Posted by: Jamie | May 6, 2014 11:42:57 PM

  14. and this is the commentary in Australia:-

    Posted by: John | May 7, 2014 2:05:47 AM

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