An NRL investigation into racial abuse hurled at Brent Naden last month has been closed after one of the men ejected from Central Coast Stadium apologised to the Penrith centre.
The apology was made on behalf of the eight spectators who were thrown out of the ground on August 14 when Naden signalled he has been racially abused.
The 24-year-old Indigenous star agreed to speak to the man over the phone and accepted the apology for the vile abuse.
It's understood there were two separate incidents between Naden and the spectators during the first half of the match on August 14, with the group moving from one end of the grand stand to the other.
They were then seen being asked to leave the ground by police and security at halftime - vision that was broadcast.
On Monday, Naden told The Sydney Morning Herald that he had never dealt with a situation like it before, but was proud he stood up for himself.
"What made it easier for me to speak up was having watched guys like Greg Inglis, Adam Goodes and Latrell Mitchell stand up to it in the past," Naden said.
"It makes you feel good about yourself and makes you proud to be an Indigenous man.
"Hopefully people seeing me stand up for myself will make it easier for the next generation and give other people the confidence, people at the club and young kids and cousins."
The group will not be banned from attending matches but will be offered an educational program concerning 'respect for players and the effect that abuse can have on our participants'.
The course of action was agreed on by Naden, NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo as well as the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council (ARLIC) and community partners.
"The game will not tolerate any form of abuse against our players - be it physical, verbal or online trolling," Abdo said in a statement.
"I commend Brent Naden for taking a strong stand on this matter and the way in which he has conducted himself throughout the process.
"I'm pleased Brent had the opportunity to share how he feels and I'm pleased that an apology has been made and accepted."
Australian Associated Press