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Fifita hits out at pub's racist post

NZN 29/06/2017 Scott Bailey

NSW State of Origin prop Andrew Fifita has hit out at a Brisbane pub over what he says is a racist social media post.

Fifita posted a screenshot of the slur to Instagram on Thursday, which showed Kallangur Tavern naming a Blues fan as best dressed, suggesting a black doll on the patron's back was Andrew Fifita's daughter.

"This is f***ed ... I'm all for shaming me but when you involve my Family it's personal now," Fifita posted.

"This is so wrong on all levels.

"I will be in Brisbane soon and I will be going past your pub to see you personally."

It's understood the now-deleted image was uploaded during last Wednesday's Origin clash at ANZ Stadium, and Fifita was furious when shown the post the next day.

The Cronulla forward's representatives were believed to have been promptly in contact with the venue, while Fifita himself has discussed it with other Indigenous players.

A statement was released through the pub's Facebook last Thursday, which apologised for the post.

"Kallangur Tavern apologises for any offense (sic) a recent post has caused which was deleted promptly," it read.

"It was an error in judgement by a staff member, whom is deeply regretful and repentant for the post made.

"In no way is it the view of the patron portrayed, nor the hotel, its management nor staff."

Fifita, a three-time Indigenous All Stars representative, is set to become a father for a third time next month.

A spokesperson for the NRL said it would not be commenting on the matter.

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