Munster issue ban to a spectator after incident against Bayonne

Munster issue stadium ban to a spectator who grabbed the jersey of a Bayonne player during a skirmish between both sides in their Champions Cup clash

  • The Irish rugby side issued a stadium ban to a fan after an incident on Saturday 
  • The fan had appeared to grab a Bayonne player and pull him away from the pitch 
  • Munster said that they would contact Bayonne to apologise for the incident 

Munster have banned a supporter from attending home games following an incident during Saturday’s Investec Champions Cup game against Bayonne at Thomond Park.

Video footage showed the supporter grabbing a Bayonne player’s shirt during a skirmish between rival players that spilled over the touchline.

‘Munster Rugby can confirm that a decision has been made to prohibit the supporter involved in an incident at Thomond Park on Saturday from attending Munster Rugby home games,’ the Irish province said in a statement.

‘An investigation commenced on Sunday, with the supporter getting in contact with the province this morning to identify himself and apologise for his actions.

‘Munster Rugby will be contacting Aviron Bayonnais and EPCR (European Professional Club Rugby) to apologise for the incident.’ 

A Munster fan has been banned from Thomond Park after he grabbed the shirt of a Bayonne player

The incident occurred after both sets of players engaged in a skirmish on the pitch

The incident occurred just after half-time, with Munster leading the TOP14 outfit 14-3. 

Bayonne second row Kote Mikautadze was seen grappling with several players on the touchline. 

As the mele moved closer to the advertising boads around the pitch, a spectator was seen reaching out and grabbing the lock forward’s shirt, pulling him back. 

It is unclear how long the ban will last.

The two teams drew 17-17 in the match, with Bayonne coming back in the second half to score two tries with winger Remy Baget scoring a try in the 76th minute of the match to help half the points. 

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