Panthers stars have been seen chanting “We hate Parra” in an ugly moment during Penrith’s Grand Final celebrations on Monday.
Celebrating players attended the club’s official fan day at BlueBet Stadium where they were welcomed by a crowd of more than 3000 fans following the club’s history-making Grand Final win on Sunday night.
The Panthers secured their second consecutive premiership after dominating cross-town rivals Parramatta 28-12 in front of 82,415 fans at Sydney Olympic Park’s Accor Stadium.
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Ivan Cleary’s men celebrated the historic triumph in style, dousing themselves in champagne showers and cracking open several beers.
Star forward James Fisher-Harris spoke to fans at the event on Monday, thanking them for the support they have received.
His speech, however, included a slap at the Eels which inadvertently triggered further scorn from the crowd.
“I just want to say: Parra are our sons. Right here, right now, that’s just a fact,” Fisher-Harris said.
The crowd responded with repeated chants of, “We hate Parra”. A video posted on social media showed several Panthers players joining in on the chant.
Fisher-Harris went on to say his team is “the greatest Penrith team ever” after going back to back in such dominant fashion in a year where Penrith became the first club in the code’s 113-year history to win the premiership in all four grades.
His comments about putting Parramatta in its place came after a barb from teammate Jarome Luai last week also burned the rival club.
When asked last week which of the western Sydney clubs was the big brother in the Golden West, Luai responded by saying the Eels can “call them daddy”.
Luai arrived at the fan event on Monday morning to chants of “daddy”.
He has clearly been enjoying the trouble he has cooked up.
In one social media post Luai posed alongside the coveted Provan-Summons Trophy with the caption “daddy loves you”.
Things have started to settle down in Penrith after it was complete chaos in the early hours of Monday morning where a huge crowd of fans were seen celebrating outside Penrith Panthers Leagues Club.
The celebrations have been tainted somewhat by an offensive term being posted on Jarome Luai’s Instagram account.
Luai shared an image to Instagram of himself celebrating in the dressing rooms alongside Penrith teammate Jaeman Salmon, captioning the post: “My n****.”
The 25-year-old five-eighth deleted the post seven hours later.
The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the post.