Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle has sacked himself after making a racist remark to a Swinton Lions player. The Rugby Football League has launched an investigation into Argyle following comments made to Swinton forward Jose Kenga.
Kinshasa-born Kenga said on social media that Argyle asked him “do they allow black people in Swinton?” Australian mining tycoon Argyle, who has agreed to step down from his position as chairman and chief executive, has written an open letter confirming his decision.
Argyle said: “I understand the unwitting racist connotations of what I said and the distress caused to Jose. “I was incredibly careless with my words. “If any other member of our Wolfpack family had made that comment I made, on balance, regardless of context and environment, I would have fired them.
“Therefore that also applies to me, so I am firing myself as chairman and CEO. “I leave with a heavy heart as I have disgraced rugby and my family which I love.” Argyle says the club is already looking for a replacement and insists he will continue to meet all his financial obligations as an owner.