Police announce punishment for the teenager who racially abused Latrell Mitchell
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NSW police have announced that the teenager who allegedly racially abused Latrell Mitchell has been given a warning.
The South Sydney star was allegedly abused by a spectator at last Thursday’s (March 9) NRL clash with Penrith.
The alleged perpetrator was reportedly wearing a Sydney Roosters jersey and fled the scene after players caught wind of what had occurred.
The players had requested the stadium security escort the fan out of the premises, however, no clear-cut footage caught the alleged slur.
Both the NSW Police and NRL Integrity Unit were undertaking investigations into the incident, with the state authorities coming to their conclusions.
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A statement via Wide World of Sport read: “Following inquiries by officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command, a 14-year-old boy has been spoken to and issued a warning under the Young Offenders Act.
"The NSW Police investigation is now complete."
The NRL is yet to announce the outcome of its investigation, however, there have been calls for a life ban for the 15-year-old.
Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou didn’t back down for what he believed should be the punishment for the fan.
He told reporters after the game: “The NRL and clubs have got to get rid of it. Life bans. Anyone who wants to make racial abuse, get them out of the game.
"We don't want their support. It has got to end."
Demetriou spoke to Big Sports Breakfast three days after the incident where he reinforced his comments, despite the fact that the alleged slur came from a young fan.
He said: “Whether it's a life ban or not, I think there has to be some kind of consequence toward what happened and some education. But at the same time, we've been educating people and kids through schools. We're talking about something that we've been educating on since I was a kid (and) I'm 47 years old.
"What are we educating them on? It's an easy throwaway line to say we need to educate people, but what are we talking about? It’s time for us non-Indigenous people to stand up and say we want to see some action against these types of offences.
“We all walk around saying we're not racist but it’s there and it’s time to admit that it exists."
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