Monday 20 November 2017

WATCH: Cardiff consider lifetime ban for fan who threw beer at Irish referee during PRO 14 clash

1 January 2016; Referee George Clancy. Guinness PRO12 Round 11, Leinster v Connacht. RDS Arena, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
1 January 2016; Referee George Clancy. Guinness PRO12 Round 11, Leinster v Connacht. RDS Arena, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
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A fan who threw a beer in the direction of Irish referee George Clancy might be given a lifetime ban from attending Cardiff Blues games.

Clancy was touch judge for yesterday's clash between Cardiff and the Glasgow Warriors, with the Scottish side leaving the Welsh capital with a narrow 20-19 win.

Away from the action, there was an unsavoury moment captured on TV, with a Cardiff supporter throwing a plastic cup of beer towards Clancy during the game.

The incident drew widespread condemnation on social media, and the Cardiff Blues have responded strongly.

“The incident was dealt with pretty swiftly and efficiently by our stewarding and security team and the individual concerned was ejected from the ground," Chief Executive Richard Holland said to Wales Online.

“I spoke to George Clancy after the game and apologised on behalf of the club and he appreciated and accepted that.

“It’s an extremely serious incident and the individual concerned won’t be welcome back at the ground for the foreseeable future.

“At this stage, a life ban is a serious consideration.

“It doesn’t look good at all. There is no place for this kind of thing in rugby and such behaviour will not be tolerated.

“You can’t condone it. There is no excuse for it.

“We will make a decision in due course and we will be taking the necessary action.”

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