Sharks forward named in race complaint


A COMPLAINT levelled by Coffs Harbour reserve grade captain coach Anthony Donovan alleging he was the recipient of racial abuse in the Group 2 grand final has been forwarded to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

"Anthony made his complaint in writing the day following the game and has since completed further paperwork," Group 2 secretary Peter O'Grady confirmed.

"The brief of evidence we are required to furnish is now on it's way."

O'Grady said statements made by the Macleay and Gimbisi Valley clubs containing allegations of a similar nature against the same player accompany the submission.

It has now been revealed the Port Macquarie player against whom the complaint has been lodged is Robert Pascoe.

The Sharks forward has also been cited by the Group's management committee to answer charges laid by grand final referee Chris Agland, who claims he was abused by Pascoe in the wake of the loss to the Comets.

The charge has been laid under Section 15(f) of the judiciary code dealing with the use of offensive or obscene language.

A category 3 charge states a mandatory six-match penalty applies to a player found guilty of 'abuse of the referee immediately after a match in public or the referee's room'.

Loadings apply to repeat offenders who have faced a panel since 1999.

Pascoe was suspended on two occasions in the 2004 season.

"The player has not attended a hearing as requested and is suspended until such time as he does appear," O'Grady said.

"This may have been due to a breakdown in communications between Mr Pascoe and his club but the Sharks have given an undertaking he will attend to face the local charges at the next management committee meeting."

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