Public Statement Regarding On-Field Incident with Club Captain Emry Pere

Published Tue 02 Jul 2024

Tuesday 2nd July 2024

Dear Western Clydesdales Supporters and the General Public,


We write to you today regarding the unfortunate incident that occurred during our recent match against the Burleigh Bears. In the 10th minute of the game, our Club Captain, Emry Pere, was sent off the field for making an unacceptable and offensive comment.


First and foremost, we want to express our unwavering support for Emry Pere, who has shown immense remorse for his actions. Emry is deeply regretful for his words and the impact they have had. He recognizes the severity of the situation and has pleaded guilty through the QRL Judicial process, accepting the suspension handed down to him.


Emry Pere has been an exemplary leader and player, both on and off the field. This incident is completely out of character for him. In the heat of the moment, during a highly competitive game, emotions can run high, and mistakes can be made. However, it is important to note that Emry understands the gravity of his mistake and the hurt his words can and may have caused.


Emry has expressed his regret and feels as though he has let down not only his team and supporters but also the broader community. We acknowledge his remorse and commitment to learning from this experience. Emry has already started working with our club through our Education and Wellbeing Manager and Football department staff to ensure that he grows from this, helping promote a culture of respect and inclusion in rugby league.


The Western Clydesdales are committed to upholding the values of respect, inclusion, and sportsmanship. We do not condone the use of homophobic slurs or any form of discriminatory language. We believe that this incident, while regrettable, will serve as a powerful reminder to all of us about the importance of always maintaining these values.


We are proud to have Emry Pere as our captain and believe in his ability to learn from this incident and emerge as a stronger leader. Emry has been a valuable member of our team since joining in 2024, and we are confident that he will take this opportunity to make amends and demonstrate his true character.


Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Shane Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer