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Monday 20 November 2017

French rugby fans tackle rowdy players on flight

Shane Hickey

SUPPORTERS of Clermont Auvergne tried to calm a group of rowdy French rugby players who were travelling to Dublin on the same flight.

The men, all aged in their 20s, had been sounding air horns and were "drunk and loud", according to one of the passengers seated near them.

It is understood they were part of an under-21 French rugby side travelling to Dublin to play an Irish team.

The Ryanair flight on Thursday night from Paris-Beauvais was filled with families and supporters of Clermont, who played Leinster last night.

The disruption led to the pilot of the plane threatening to return to Paris if they did not calm down.

"The Clermont Auvergne guys, who were dressed in yellow and in their 30s and 40s, were telling them to behave and saying there were children on the flight," one passenger said. The troublemakers caused the journey to be delayed by about 30 minutes.

When they eventually boarded the plane, the men, who were wearing white jackets and green berets, started sounding their air horns, causing irritation amongst the Ryanair crew and passengers.

Five of the men, aged between 22 and 26, were arrested for public order offences and brought to Ballymun garda station for questioning. They were released without charge.

Irish Independent

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