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Civoniceva praises NRL for racism action

10/07/2008 10:07:41 AM Comments (0)

Penrith captain Petero Civoniceva praised the NRL and Parramatta for their handling of the racism drama which resulted in a spectator being slapped with a five-year ban.

The fans racially taunted Civoniceva by aiming monkey chants at the big Fijian-born prop during Penrith's 22-16 win over the Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Two fans were identified in television footage on Tuesday and their details passed on to NSW Police, before the NRL banned one of the men after consultation with the club and police.

Civoniceva said he was happy with the way the matter was resolved and thanked the rugby league community for their ongoing support.

"I respect the way the issue has been handled by all those involved," Civoniceva said in a statement.

"I also want to convey my appreciation of the support shown to me and my family by rugby league fans over the last week.

"I will not be commenting any further on the matter."

Civoniceva will lead his Panthers on Friday night when they host Newcastle at CUA Stadium.

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