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Chiefs visit council traffic wardens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/01/2017
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Chiefs rugby players have visited Hamilton City Council to back public apologies made to parking wardens abused for ticketing players' cars.

The players, who haven't been named, allegedly swore at two female wardens after receiving parking tickets at the end of training at Steele Park on Wednesday evening.

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

Members of the Chiefs Rugby Club went to Hamilton City Council on Friday afternoon to meet with representatives and apologise in person, the club says.

The two female parking wardens were present at the meeting along with acting chief executive Kelvyn Eglinton and other representatives from the council.

An apology was offered by player representatives on behalf of the Chiefs and was accepted by the parking wardens and their management and all considered the issue dealt with.

The Chiefs said they accepted full responsibility for the unacceptable language used and were deeply embarrassed.

"The Chiefs sincerely apologise for the impact it has on those who support the organisation including sponsors, fans and the wider rugby community," the statement released by the club on Friday said.

The incident was made public by a member of the community who approached media and not by the parking wardens themselves, the club said.

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