25 Oct 2018

NRL staff member apologises for 'dance monkey dance' remark

9:15 pm on 25 October 2018

A casual staff member has apologised to a DJ for racist language during the historic NRL Test match between Australia and Tonga on Saturday night.

Tongan fans celebrate a try against Australia.

Tongan fans celebrate a try against Australia. Photo: Photosport

The NRL says it has concluded its investigation, including facilitating a meeting between Tongan DJ Alf 'Al Goodie' Aholelei and the worker.

Mr Aholelei posted on Facebook to say he heard an official say the words "Dance moneky dance" during the halftime entertainment, as the cameras zoomed in on animated Tonga supporters.

The NRL said Mr Aholelei had accepted an apology and the worker's explanation for his comments.

It said the worker had agreed to attend cultural training and education.

Mr Aholelei also claimed another NRL staffer made comments several times during the game, suggesting Tongan fans might be violent towards any Australian fans.

NRL figures show 45 percent of players have Pasifika heritage and on its website, the core values listed included respecting and celebrating diversity in culture.