Wednesday 21 August 2019

Munster ban supporter who invaded pitch and confronted Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster supporter after the game in Coventry
Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster supporter after the game in Coventry

Harry Clarke

Munster have banned the supporter who invaded the pitch to confront Saracens' Billy Vunipola at the Ricoh Arena from attending future home games.

The supporter confronted controversial Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola in the aftermath of the 32-16 defeat and was photographed pointing a finger in the England star's direction. Vunipola described the experience as "scary".

Vunipola was sanctioned by his club and the RFU for making social media posts in support of Israel Folau's controversial statements about gay people going to hell. He was booed throughout the game, while a number of supporters waved 'pride' flags as he went through his lap of honour.

Munster initially said the fan was not a member of their supporters club and doesn't hold a season ticket.

But the province issued a statement saying: "Following further investigation into the incident involving a spectator entering the field of play at the Ricoh Arena the province can confirm that a decision has been made to prohibit the supporter from attending matches at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, in addition to the ban from the Ricoh Arena.

"The province wishes to reiterate it does not condone the entry of any spectator to the field of play.

"While it was hugely disappointing to see a supporter breach the stadium regulations, the behaviour of this one individual is not reflective of our supporters."

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