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My rugby race hate torment.

Byline: By Linda Richards

A rugby player today told of his race-hate hell after he was abused during a match.

The Rugby Football League is investigating claims that Gateshead Thunder prop Tabua Cakacaka was showered with abuse by fans during a match with York City Knights at York.

Fijian international Tabua, who joined Thunder from French side Pia, scored a try to draw level after his side had trailed 36-12. As he made his way back to the halfway line he was subjected to a tirade of abuse.

He said: "I think it was because of frustration from fans because my try brought the game to level but I don't think it should have come out this way.

"This sort of thing is totally out of date. It is a game that I enjoy and it should not make any difference what colour your skin is or where you come from."

This is the 27-year-old's first season with Gateshead Thunder.

He first came to Tyneside as part of the Fiji 2000 World Cup side, which took on the Australian Kangaroos at Gateshead International Stadium.

He is enjoying his time with the new-look Thunder side but July 24's alleged incident at York leaves him concerned for young fans.

"I don't think it's good for kids to be in the crowd and hear things like that," he said. "These people are not good role models. They are setting a bad example for younger fans.

"I was upset. I just can't understand it. It shouldn't matter now what colour a player is."

At the end of the game, which Thunder lost 37-36, outraged club chairman Bill Midgley lodged a complaint with the Rugby Football League.

A league spokesman said: "It has been reported to our disciplinary commissioner and he will investigate. If he finds there is a case to answer, he will make a decision on what action to take."

Thunder coach Dean Thomas echoes Mr Midgely's outrage. He said: "Being black, I have come across racist abuse on the field in the 80s. It is unacceptable and should not be tolerated."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2005
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