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Chiefs in hot water again as Super Rugby side apologise for obscenities

Parking wardens in Hamilton reported abusive behaviour from players after they were issued tickets.

Chiefs players perform a haka before trouncing Wales last summer.
Chiefs players perform a haka before trouncing Wales last summer.
Image: Photosport/Bruce Lim/INPHO

SUPER RUGBY SIDE The Chiefs apologised today after players were accused of hurling obscenities at female traffic wardens in the latest sexism episode to hit the team and New Zealand rugby.

Local media reported that players swore at the two council wardens using the c-word when they left a training session in Hamilton and realised some of their cars had been ticketed.

The Chiefs, who were also at the centre of a homophobic incident and a stripper scandal last year, said the council complained “that inappropriate comments were made as some were leaving voicing frustration at the situation”.

“The team has been questioned today and say that while the comments were not directed at the parking wardens, they apologise sincerely for any distress caused to the wardens involved,” coach Dave Rennie said.

Last year, a stripper alleged she was groped and demeaned during a Chiefs’ player function.  An internal NZR review cast doubt on her story and cleared the players but women’s groups said the investigation smacked of victim blaming.

In response to the backlash, NZR set up a “respect and responsibility review” to examine ways to curb rugby’s macho culture and make the game more inclusive.

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