Chiefs resolve incident involving alleged verbal abuse of parking wardens


The Chiefs have met with the two female parking wardens at the centre of verbal abuse allegations against the Super Rugby side and say the incident has now been resolved.

Reports in New Zealand alleged that the women were called "c***s" during an incident at a park in Hamilton on Wednesday, with parking tickets having been issued to two vehicles during a training session. 

On Thursday, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie addressed the controversy in a statement and apologised on behalf of his team.

A further update was issued on Friday after Chiefs officials met with Hamilton City Council and the two wardens.

"Members of the Chiefs Rugby Club have visited the Hamilton City Council this afternoon to meet with representatives and apologise in person for distress caused from comments made by players participating in a Chiefs training on Wednesday at Steele Park," a Chiefs statement read.

"The two female parking wardens were present at the meeting along with acting CEO Kelvyn Eglinton and other representatives from Hamilton City Council. During the amicable meeting the incident was discussed at length.

"An apology was offered by player representatives on behalf of the Chiefs and was accepted by the parking wardens and their management.

"The Chiefs accept full responsibility for the unacceptable language used at Steele Park on Wednesday and are deeply embarrassed at the ramifications caused by using this language amongst their peer group. The Chiefs sincerely apologise for the impact it has on those who support the organisation including sponsors, fans and the wider rugby community.

"Having the opportunity to meet and discuss the issue openly clarified Wednesday's incident from the perspective of both parties and the explanation provided by the Chiefs was accepted.

"The incident was made public by a member of the community who approached media and not by the parking wardens themselves. The issue has been dealt with to the satisfaction of both the Hamilton City Council and the Chiefs Rugby Club.

"No further comment will be provided."