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Chiefs respond over alleged verbal abuse

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017

Chiefs rugby players accused of abusing two female parking wardens say their comments weren't directed at the women, but apologised for any distress caused.

The players, who haven't been named, allegedly swore at the wardens after receiving parking tickets at the end of training, Newshub reported on Thursday.

Coach Dave Rennie released a statement by video to say the team trained the previous day at a public park.

Most had cycled there but some had used their cars and received parking tickets.

"The Hamilton City Council has raised with us that inappropriate comments were made as some were leaving, voicing frustration at the situation," he said.

"The team has been questioned today and say that, while their comments were not directed at the parking wardens, they apologise sincerely for any distress caused."

Rennie said the Super Rugby franchise had been in discussion with the council and "wholeheartedly support them in their stance against poor behaviour towards any of their staff".

The allegations come five months after the Chiefs were embroiled in controversy over end-of-season celebrations involving a stripper, who complained of being inappropriately touched by players.

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