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A Raiders fan was kicked out of GIO Stadium and has since had their membership cancelled, after allegedly spitting at referee Ashley Klein.

The incident happened at half-time during Sunday’s 26-22 loss to the Panthers.

The man, who was identified and removed by security, has since apologised.

“The member involved in the incident yesterday sent the club a letter within hours of the game and has expressed remorse and has taken responsibility for his actions,” Raiders CEO Don Furner said.

“The Raiders will not tolerate anti-social behaviour at home matches and pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for families to attend our games.”

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart also condemned the incident.

“It’s not on. They (referees) do a tough job. It’s unacceptable and definitely should be punished,” he said.

The Member has had his membership revoked for 12 months and may face further punishment from the NRL.

“We believe 12 months is a sufficient penalty for the incident and we will review his membership application after this time has expired,” Don Furner said.

“From what we understand from further discussions with the member and his family, this was out of character and he is genuinely sorry for his actions.”

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