RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Raiders and Roosters player Justin Carney has been banned for eight Super League matches for racially abusing an opponent.
The Salford winger was sent off during the Red Devils' Challenge Cup clash against Toronto Wolfpack last month following comments directed at former Leeds prop forward Ryan Bailey.
The 28-year-old was subsequently charged with verbal abuse based on race or colour by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.
Carney pleaded guilty to the offence when he fronted an independent disciplinary panel this week. The panel handed Carney an eight-match ban and a $515 fine.
Salford has announced they intend to carry out their own internal investigation and issued a statement saying Carney insists he is not a racist.
"Whilst Justin has admitted using the offending words in an abusive manner, he did not intend his words to be taken in a 'racial' context," a club spokseman said.
"Justin is an indigenous Australian and is proud of his Aboriginal heritage. He stands firm on the position that he is not nor has he ever been a racist."
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