Sunday 19 May 2019

Munster to investigate post-match incident as they distance themselves from fan who confronted Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola of Saracens runs past the crowd following the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Saracens and Munster at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Billy Vunipola of Saracens runs past the crowd following the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Saracens and Munster at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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Munster have distanced themselves from a spectator who confronted Billy Vunipola on the pitch after the Champions Cup semi-final at the Rioch Arena in Coventry.

Saracens beat Johann van Graan's men 32-16, the third year in succession that Munster have been eliminated at the penultimate stage.

After the game, a fan wearing a Munster jersey had an altercation with Saracens back row Billy Vunipola, who came into the game under controversial circrumstances after he posted on social media that "man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?".

The EPCR released a statement yesterday condemning the supporter's behaviour, who has since been banned from the Ricoh Arena.

Munster have released a statement of their own, saying that they will investigate the incident, while adding that the fan is not a season ticket holder or a member of the Munster Supporters Club.

"Munster Rugby do not condone the entry of any spectator to the field of play," the statement said.

"The incident following the Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday involved a spectator wearing a Munster jersey.

"The province wishes to confirm that the identified spectator is not a member of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club, and does not hold a season ticket with the province.

"Munster Rugby will investigate the incident further."

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