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Halatau reveals Manly fan abuse

Canterbury utility Dene Halatau says he's unsure if he was spat at by Manly fans after his side's controversial win at Brookvale last Friday, but admits Bulldogs players were shocked by the level of abuse heaped on them.
Halatau reveals Manly fan abuse
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, June 18 AAP - Canterbury utility Dene Halatau says he's unsure if he was spat at by Manly fans after his side's controversial win at Brookvale last Friday, but admits Bulldogs players were shocked by the level of abuse heaped on them.

The ARLC are investigating a report of racist abuse levelled at the wife of Bulldogs prop Frank Pritchard by a Manly supporter during the 32-30 golden point win by the visitors.

There were also reports that Ben Barba and Halatau were spat at through the wire enclosing the tunnel as they walked from the ground at fulltime.

"To be honest if I was spat on, it was from behind and I didn't know about it," Halatau told AAP on Tuesday.

"If that what's happened then it is a pretty low act. Benny (Barba) was alright after the game and joined in the celebrations but personally I didn't see anything like that."

While he enjoys the atmosphere generated at the suburban grounds, Halatau said there's no hiding place for visiting players at Brookvale.

"If it goes too far then the NRL have to look at it," he said.

"The club have raised the issue with the NRL and I am sure they'll take care of it.

"It does get very hostile at Brookvale. It's an old suburban ground, but I'm thick-skinned so you just ignore it.

"There's no real danger to the players, but the fans are quite close at Brooky compared to other places.

"You walk up the tunnel and you are only about a foot away from the fans and they're giving you a spray form behind the wire.

"But I think it was more a case of the blokes behind the fence being more courageous because the fence was there."




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