Cunningham nets racial abuse charge
London Broncos hooker James Cunningham has been charged with racial abuse and could face an eight-week suspension.
The alleged incident occurred during the Broncos' victory over Hull Kingston Rovers on September 6 and has now been referred to a disciplinary panel after an initial investigation by the Rugby Football League.
Cunningham has been charged with Grade F use of unacceptable language after Rovers' Rob Mulhern made a complaint on behalf of team-mate Mose Masoe.
As with all sports, allegations of racism in rugby league are taken very seriously by the sport's authorities and rule 15.1(f) relates to "verbal abuse based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual preference, disability, national or ethnic origin or any other form of unacceptable behaviour or language".
The season is now over for London but Cunningham may face a sanction at the start of the 2020 campaign should he be found guilty of the charge.
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