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Sunday 23 July 2017

Rugby League European Federation investigate brawl in Belgrade

Ireland's game in Belgrade was abandoned following a brawl after 65 minutes
Ireland's game in Belgrade was abandoned following a brawl after 65 minutes

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances which caused the abandonment of Ireland's international against Serbia in Belgrade.

The match, organised as part of rugby league's 120th anniversary celebrations, was halted following a brawl that broke out after a Serbian water carrier allegedly made contact with an Ireland player.

It is understood up to four players had been sent off in the build-up to the incident, which prompted the Irish team to walk off the field on Saturday.

The Rugby League European Federation have been informed of the development.

A statement issued on Rugby League Ireland's Facebook page read: "The Ireland and Serbia match that took place yesterday was abandoned in the 65th minute.

"Ireland were winning 24-16 at the time. The RLEF are investigating the incident."

Rugby League European Federation general manager Danny Kazandjian said: "We are collecting formal statements from both Federations as well as the match commissioner, the officials and independent observers and reviewing the match footage.

"A further statement will be issued in due course."

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