Fletcher stripped of captaincy,
fined over racial slur

South Sydney national rugby league captain Bryan Fletcher has been stripped of his leadership role and fined $10,000 for a racial slur against Parramatta's Dean Widders.

Fletcher, who made the comment to Widders in yesterday's match between the Eels and Souths, was also suspended from his club's NRL match this weekend.

He's also been ordered to assist Widders in his work with the Aboriginal community.

Of the $10,000 fine, $5,000 will be suspended and the rest paid to an Aboriginal charity of Widders' choosing.

A contrite Fletcher apologised for the racial taunt and says his comments were totally unacceptable. He says his actions set a very poor example for kids and these type of comments cannot be tolerated in rugby league.

Fletcher says he's apologised to Widders and describes the incident as easily the lowest point in his career.