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Rhinos fine Bailey over tsunami comments

The Leeds Rhinos prop has issued a statement apologising for insensitive remarks made on Facebook.

RYAN BAILEY IS the latest sports star to fall foul of social media after he was fined for posting jokes about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on his Facebook page.

The English rugby league club opened an official investigation last week after the prop forward was found to have made inappropriate comments on the disaster. The insensitive remarks have since been removed from Facebook.

In a statement issued by the Rhinos earlier this morning, the club confirmed that the 27-year-old had been fined an undisclosed amount and had also volunteered to make a donation to the Tsunami Relief Fund.

As Bailey has publicly apologised for his comments, the club indicated that the matter is now closed as far as they are concerned.

First of all, I would like to say sorry to all those who I have offended by my comments.

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.

Bailey has played over 200 games for the Rhinos since joining the club in 2002 and has also been capped four times at international level for England.

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