Bailey apologises for 'offensive' remarks

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Ryan Bailey has been fined and warned about his future behaviour by Leeds after apologising for tasteless jokes he posted on the internet about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

After a meeting with the Rhinos' chief executive, Gary Hetherington, the former Great Britain forward expressed his remorse. "Having reflected on the remarks that appeared on my Facebook page, I can see that they are deeply offensive to those affected by the tragic scenes we have seen in Japan," Bailey said in a statement issued by the club.

Apart from the fine levied by Leeds, he is making a donation to the disaster fund.

Bailey has not played this season because of an operation on a hernia, but he could come into the reckoning at Wakefield on Sunday, along with other recent absentees, Lee Smith, Brett Delaney and Kylie Leuluai.

Leeds' 19-year-old winger Zak Hardaker is also out for six weeks after breaking his thumb in an accident at home.