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The NRL are working alongside Stadium Australia in a bid to identify the rugby league fans who were filmed 'roughing up' South Sydney Rabbitohs mascot Reggie the Rabbit.
Reggie found himself in all sorts of trouble over the weekend when a bunch of Canterbury Bulldogs supporters confronted him pitch-side before kick-off.
In a video that surfaced on social media, the Doggies supporters can be seen pushing the harmless mascot before one spectator shouts "punch him again, punch him again".
According to other reports, poor old Reggie was then shoved to the ground while the fans laughed.
Bang out of order.
BREAKING: The NRL and Stadium Australia are looking in to an incident where Reggie the Rabbit was roughed up by fans during their Good Friday clash. Souths are unhappy about his treatment. @9NewsSyd @NRLonNine
- Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) April 7, 2021
And according to Nine's Wide World of Sport, the NRL have now launched a formal investigation into the ugly incident.
"The NRL and Stadium Australia are looking in to an incident where Reggie the Rabbit was roughed up by fans during their Good Friday clash," Nine's NRL reporter Danny Weidler tweeted.
"Souths are unhappy about his treatment."
And when you rewatch the footage of the encounter, you can understand the Bunnies' frustrations
"Reggie the Rabbit is the reason I play Rugby League" - Sam Burgess @ssfcrabbitohs @samburgess8 @acrichton33 pic.twitter.com/rvKplWq3jp
- Fox League (@FOXNRL) June 4, 2018
It remains to be seen what punishment is handed down to the culprits, but judging by the overall reaction to the video from other sets of fans online then you can probably imagine the penalty will be quite severe.
As for Reggie himself, he's yet to comment.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@ssfcrabbitohs
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