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Mateo denies racial issue with Anderson

25/09/2010 03:08:08 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta and departing NRL forward Feleti Mateo have denied claims made on Sydney radio that there was a racial vilification issue between the player and coach Daniel Anderson.

Mateo, who is leaving the Eels for the Warriors in 2011, has vehemently denied the racial vilification allegation made on 2GB on Saturday.

"I have been told about a report on radio saying that I had complained about a racial issue regarding Daniel, and that it had been brought up in discussion about the coaching situation at the club," Mateo said in a statement issued by the club.

"That is absolutely not true. I spoke with Ando today to clarify this and there is no issue. There has been no racial comments that have upset me, let alone been anything I have complained to the club about. Nothing of the sort has anything to do with me leaving to play with the Warriors.

"What the club does on the coaching front, or anything to do with the board and management, has nothing to do with me and I am disappointed my name has been brought into this."

Eels chief executive Paul Osborne added: "No issue between Feleti and Daniel has ever been raised with the club and suggestions to the contrary are completely false.

"I've spoken to Daniel today and it's the first either of us had heard of this supposed complaint. It didn't happen."

Amid the speculation about the coaching position, Osborne confirmed that a review of the season had now been completed and would be presented to the board this week for consideration.

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