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Leeds prop Bailey fined over Japan jokes

23/03/2011 01:14:56 AM Comments (0)

UK Super League player Ryan Bailey has been fined by his club Leeds and warned over his future conduct after posting jokes about the Japan earthquake and tsunami on his Facebook page.

Bailey, a former Great Britain international, issued an apology and expressed his deep remorse following a meeting with Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington, a statement said.

"First of all, I would like to say sorry to all those who I have offended by my comments," the 27-year-old forward said.

"Having reflected on the remarks that appeared on my Facebook page, I can see that they would be deeply offensive to those affected in the tragic scenes we have seen in Japan.

"It was not my intention to offend or upset anyone but clearly I have done that and I am deeply sorry for that."

In addition to his fine, Bailey has also agreed to make a donation to the tsunami relief fund for an undisclosed amount.

More than 22,000 people have been listed as dead or missing since the earthquake struck on March 11, triggering a massive tsunami which devastated entire communities on Japan's northeastern coast.

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