Welsh rugby union facing allegations of sexism and discrimination | Rugby Union News

A number of former Welsh Rugby Union employees have taken part in an investigation by BBC Wales into allegations about their time at the governing body. MP and former Wales international Tonya Antoniazzi has expressed “huge concern” over the women’s game in the country.

Last update: 22/01/23 10:15pm

The Welsh rugby union is facing allegations of sexism and discrimination, with MP and former Wales international Tonya Antoniazzi expressing “huge concern” for the women’s game in the country.

An investigation by a number of former WRU employees has taken part BBC WalesThere will be a screening on Monday night, making allegations about his time at the governing body.

Charlotte Wathan, general manager of women’s rugby until her resignation last February, claims a colleague’s offensive comments left her in tears and feeling sick, while another unnamed assistant says she was bullied at work. And she was thinking about suicide because of her experiences with sexism. BBC Wales Investigates.

Incidents of racism and homophobia are also alleged.

The WRU said an investigation by an external law firm had reached a “satisfactory resolution” with Wathan “to the satisfaction of both parties”. It said a confidentiality agreement between the parties prevented further details.

It noted that another complaint was investigated and later withdrawn, while new information contained in the broadcast will be followed up and processed.

A spokesman said: “The Welsh Rugby Union condemns the use of racist, homophobic or sexist language and says in the strongest possible terms that any racist, homophobic, sexist or bullying behavior in Welsh rugby is unacceptable. There is no place.”

A statement continued: “It is extremely important to note that we have a duty of care as employers to both complainants and those who complain against them.

“This duty of care continues and we are deeply concerned about the impact of this program on these individuals given the fact that the allegations made are unfounded following a full independent legal investigation.”

But Antoniazzi, who once played as a prop for Wales and now represents the Gower constituency and works as Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland minister, is troubled by the testimony.

He likened the evidence to the racism scandal that rocked cricket after the allegations against Yorkshire in the Great Rafik, and believes an independent body is needed to hold sporting bodies to account in Wales. May be.

“It’s on a level that has happened in cricket. I’m very concerned about the future of women’s rugby in Wales.” The BBC.

“Governing bodies in Wales, an independent body needs to be set up to look at all complaints when there are problems within the governing bodies of sport. There needs to be somewhere.”

Responding to the comments, the WRU said: “Regarding Tonia Antoniazzi MP’s comments, the WRU invites the Labor MP for Gower to contact her directly on the issues she raises and discuss her concerns. Will welcome the opportunity.”

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