Wakefield chairman Michael Carter has called on fans to stop the abuse before a tragedy occurs, following news that the RFL is investigation alleged death threats made against referee Rob Hicks.

SunSport’s Gary Carter reports that the RFL has opened enquiries following the posting of a Tweet, since deleted, directed at the Super League match official.

The Tweet said: “You’ll all be killed tomorrow. Robert Hicks will be shot dead live on TV.

“WATCH AND LEARN. Enough of your corruption. Scumbags.”

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Wakefield chairman Carter said: “People excuse themselves by saying ‘it’s harmless abuse and opinions’ and this is where it ends up.

“It has to stop and it has to stop now before a tragedy occurs.

“Any abusive comments are not acceptable. It’s a bloody game at the end of the day.”