Sam Gee -- ORLFC Statement

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton has praised the courage of club vice-captain Sam Gee in relation to the recent racial abuse case heard by the RFL disciplinary panels.

Lewis Galbraith, a Rochdale player, was originally found guilty and banned for eight games, but that was overturned on appeal when he was found not guilty and the ban was quashed.

Hamilton said: “As a club we have a duty to stand up for our players where we feel there is wrong-doing and Sam was both brave and determined, as this was not a run-of-the-mill incident.

“We have always accepted whatever decisions have been made by the game’s disciplinary bodies and this case will be no different.

“It is important, however, to note the comments of His Honour Judge Chris Batty, who stated in the most recent hearing that Sam gave credible evidence and there was no suggestion of anybody from the club lying.

“The case has affected Sam and, as it has gone on for a considerable period of time, has had a big impact on him.

“We are grateful to the RFL Compliance Manager, Dean Hardman, for his support to Sam during this difficult period. Everybody is now looking forward to focusing on matters on the pitch in the remaining games.”

Christopher Hamilton
Oldham Rugby League Football Club

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