The NRL has reached a decision regarding the 'Squid Games' allegation against James Tedesco.
The National Rugby League has fined Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco $10,000 for allegedly yelling Squid Games at a woman of Vietnamese origin outside a Bondi nightclub.
In late October, the NRL Integrity Unit opened an investigation following the event but was unable to establish any charge of racist behavior.
Rather than that, the NSW Blues and Kangaroos fullback was fined for intoxicated behavior.
"The National Rugby League has issued a Breach Notice to Sydney Roosters player James Tedesco saying he behaved drunkenly and disorderly and also brought the game into disgrace in Bondi on 20 October, 2021," the NRL stated.
"Tedesco's Breach Notice offers a $10,000 punishment and the need that he complete NRL-mandated education and training. "
According to the Breach Notice, Tedesco allegedly participated in inebriated and disorderly behavior toward members of the public, causing offense. "Tedesco has five business days to reply to the Breach Notice."
Tedesco reportedly said he was only discussing a popular South Korean series on Netflix when he was overheard by Tiffany Trinh, a Vietnamese woman.
The incident came to light after Tiffany's sister, Katherine Trinh, took to Instagram to express her perspective on the previous night's events.
Katherine and Tiffany were both interviewed as part of the inquiry by the integrity unit.
"Last night, as you passed past my sister outside of Beach Road in Bondi, you felt obligated to say 'Squid Game' to her," Katherine Trinh wrote at the time, tagging Tedesco in the post.
The Roosters promptly began an internal investigation after the incident, concluding that Tedesco was joking with his buddies while in close proximity to Tiffany Trinh.
"When we learned of the Instagram image, we conducted an extensive investigation," Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said in October.
"James Tedesco had absolutely no involvement with this bunch of people. We categorically reject any wrongdoing."
Allegation made on social media
In an Instagram post, Katherine Trinh said Tedesco's alleged behaviour was racist.
"This may appear to be a joke, but these are the micro-aggressions that sustain racism in Australia."
My father used to relate stories of the bigotry he encountered when he first moved here 30 years ago, and my sisters and I can all recall instances of racism during our school years."
And now one of them recalls an entitled football player being (supposedly) racist toward her last night."
Trinh stated in the post that Tedesco was called out on the remark when it occurred, to which Trinh responded, "Do you know who I am?"
In 2021, Tedesco was named the NRL's Dally M Captain of the Year.
He has appeared in 180 NRL games for the Wests Tigers and Roosters and 16 times for NSW.