Chiefs apologise in parking warden verbal abuse row

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The Chiefs have issued an apology following allegations players verbally abused two female parking wardens at a park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Reports in New Zealand allege that the women were called "c***s" by those responsible, with parking tickets having been issued to two vehicles during a training session. 

And Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has now addressed the controversy in a statement.

"The team were at a training [session] yesterday at a public park where some team members had parked vehicles that received parking tickets," he said.

"The majority of players had travelled by bicycle and the Hamilton City Council has raised with us that inappropriate comments were made as some were leaving voicing frustration at the situation.

 

BREAKING: Statement from Dave Rennie, Chiefs Rugby Club Head Coach, regarding an incident that occurred Wednesday 11th January that has been brought to our attention.

Posted by Chiefs Rugby on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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

"The Chiefs have been in discussions with Hamilton City Council and wholeheartedly support them in their stance against poor behaviour toward any of their staff."

Kelvyn Eglinton, acting chief executive of Hamilton City Council, had earlier said: "I have today spoken with the two female wardens and firstly, I would like to commend them on their dignity, integrity and the professionalism with which they, and the rest of our regulatory staff, perform their jobs under often trying conditions.

"Sadly, abuse of our staff in these situations is all too common. They have a tough job, but they do it well and people often don't realise the benefits they bring.

"Most people treat them with respect, but there is a minority of people who believe it is okay to demean and abuse parking wardens.

"These comments would have been clearly heard by other people in the area, and in fact one member of the public approached our wardens to see if they were OK."

Chiefs players were warned over their conduct in September following an investigation into their treatment of a stripper.