England international Zak Hardaker, who was caught on camera making a homophobic comment to a referee, has given coaching sessions to the Manchester Canalsiders - the world's first Rugby League team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.
A dark shadow was cast over the sport when Hardaker was heard calling a referee an offensive term during a live, televised Super League match against Warrington.
The player served a five match ban for his outburst.
But the decision to travel to Manchester to coach the Canalsiders was his own.
Been a great afternoon with the Canalsiders arlc, good training session and fun night.. And some cracking selfies ?
"It was a heat of the moment thing, I didn't mean any offence and I'm sorry if any was caused by it."
"For him to come here and say he's proud to come and work with this club, has been invaluable for us."
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