Leeds Rhinos: RFL invesigate ‘incident’ during St Helens clash

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THE RFL are investigating an “incident” in Leeds Rhinos’ one-point loss to St Helens last week.

The governing body have refused to confirm details, but the Yorkshire Evening Post understands they are looking into allegations Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker used homophobic language against opponent Mark Flanagan.

Hardaker was banned for five games earlier this season for making a homophobic remark in Rhinos’ defeat at Warrington Wolves.

An RFL spokesman confirmed the governing body are “investigating an incident from last Friday’s game”, though he declined to identify the players involved.

Hardaker and Flanagan both took to social media last week to play down the set-to, with the Leeds man describing it as “banter” while the Saints forward referred to “good craic”.

Meanwhile, Rhinos centre Joel Moon will appear before the RFL’s disciplinary panel on Tuesday after being charged with a Grade C shoulder barge in last Friday’s game.

Moon, who was sent-off by referee Richard Silverwood, has opted not to submit an early guilty plea - which would have resulted in a two-game ban - and could be suspended for a maximum of three matches if found guilty.

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