London: Leeds and England full-back Zak Hardaker is to face a second investigation that he used homophobic language, the Rugby Football League confirmed on Tuesday.
They have launched a probe into allegations that the 22-year-old used inappropriate language during the Rhinos team`s 13-12 defeat by St Helens on Friday night.
Hardaker, who was banned for five matches in June after being found guilty of homophobic abuse of a referee, is thought to have directed his comments towards St Helens second rower Mark Flanagan.
"We are investigating an alleged comment made by Hardaker during the Super League match against St Helens," said an RFL spokesman.
If Hardaker is charged and found guilty, he could face a suspension of up to eight matches, which would not only end his season with Leeds but would cast a doubt over his availability for England`s Four Nations tour down under.