Halifax forward Ed Barber has been fined after breaking the RFL’s social media policy.
The punishment relates to a tweet posted on July 30, which was found by an Operational Rules Tribunal to have contained Unacceptable Behaviour and Language. More specifically, language which by implication targeted individuals or groups on the grounds of ethnic origin and/or religion.
Barber has been fined £1,000, with £750 of it has been suspended until the end of 2021. A reprimand has also been entered on his Disciplinary Record.
The RFL say he helped his cause by volunteering to go on educational courses around Inclusion and Diversity.
Explaining their ruling, the Tribunal noted that such offences were “very serious and would not be tolerated”.
However it gave the Player credit for his admissions and the fact that he had “taken voluntary steps to seek help, to educate himself with regard to Equality Inclusion and Diversity and his expressed intention to continue in that undertaking in the future”.