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Tahu case nearing resolution

29/10/2010 05:58:11 AM Comments (0)

The racial vilification row involving Parramatta centre Timana Tahu will move a step closer to a resolution on Friday when the ARL's Indigenous Council chairman William "Smiley" Johnstone hands down his report on the incident.

Johnstone was on Thursday putting the finishing touches on his recommendations, but was loath to divulge what was in the report or speculate on a possible outcome until he had spoken to ARL chief executive Geoff Carr.

Tahu is alleged to have called 16-year-old Caleb Binge a "black c***' during an Aboriginal knockout tournament earlier this month, a claim the representative star vehemently denies.

"From my perspective, I'll be putting my recommendations forward tomorrow about the next step forward," Johnstone told AAP on Thursday.

Asked whether there would be a conciliation meeting involving Tahu and Binge, Johnstone said:

"I don't know - I don't want to say anything until tomorrow."

Efforts to stage a conciliation meeting between the pair had been thwarted by Tahu's involvement in the NZ Maori game against England almost two weeks ago and then by Johnstone's inability to get in contact with the dual international or his manager.

Johnstone confirmed he had now spoken with Tahu's manager, but would not comment on reports Tahu was unwilling to meet with the teenager.

Speaking before he had been made aware that Johnstone would be handing down his report on Friday, Carr said it was still his belief that Tahu and Binge would take part in a conciliation meeting.

"We've set out clear guidelines and in all our policies regarding these matters the parties need to sit down and be reconciled and they need to talk through the issues," Carr said.

"It's frustrating that it's taken this long."

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