Club fined after player caught urinating on pitch

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New Zealand Warriors rugby league club have been handed a £9,500 fine after one of their players was caught short and urinated on the pitch during a match against the Brisbane Broncos on Monday night.

On the Lang Park pitch where the British and Irish Lions will face Queensland Reds next weekend and the Wallabies in the first Test on 22 June, prop Russell Packer was caught by a television camera urinating through his shorts. News reports in Australia claimed that the player did so nonchalantly and with hands on hips.

“Good win when u gotta go u gotta go lol,” Packer tweeted after his team ran out 58-16 winners in the National Rugby League match, adding yesterday: “Hey guys just a quick apology to you and your family regarding my accident last night.

“It has offended some which i am sorry [for]. It was an unfortunate thing that happened. I hope this apology eases your mind somewhat and helps you move on from it as I will be doing.”

The NRL’s Nathan McGuirk said Packer’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable”.

General manager (football operations) McGuirk said yesterday: “This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and there is no 
excuse for it.”