Rugby league players and coaches have been told to “truly apologise” after footage of them punching a female student went viral.
The incident occurred on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and was captured by an employee of a sports club.
The club posted the footage on Facebook and Twitter and received more than 30,000 retweets.
It is understood a police investigation is underway.
The clip, which is not shown on the club’s Facebook page, shows a group of four rugby league players surrounding a woman as she walks past a locker room.
One of the players is heard saying: “What’s your name?”
The woman responds: “I don’t know you, I’m not your girl.”
“Are you telling me you don’t like me?” the man asks.
The woman replies: “You’re just asking me what I think.”
The player says: “Well, I can’t say, you’re my sister.”
The woman says: ‘I don`t know you’.
“You’re going to get me, you know that?” the player responds.”
Are we going to take your girlfriend away?” she asks.
“We can go home now, I don’t need to talk to you.”
“Well, don`T go anywhere near me again, I really don’t want to talk with you,” the player replies.
The women can be heard saying they don’t think the player should be suspended.
The footage was shared more than 40,000 times and has now been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
The video was posted to Facebook by the Victoria Police Rugby League League League Players Association (VPRLPA).
In a statement, the VPRLPRA said the incident had been investigated and there were no charges being considered.”
It was not our intention to cause offence, nor was it our intention for anyone to be offended,” the statement read.
“At the time of the incident, the club had not yet had any contact with the victim and the matter had not been reported to police.”
As this matter is under ongoing investigation, any further comments will be made on this matter by the club.
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