Vodacom Super 14

Sharks condemn unruly crowd

2010-02-16 12:36
Pelted with missiles (File)
Durban - The Sharks have condemned the behaviour of those members of the crowd at the Absa Stadium who threw missiles on to the field in the Super 14 match against the Chiefs.

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In a statement, Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl said: “As per reports on Monday when I commentated on the behaviour of members of the crowd who attended the Super 14 match between the Sharks and Chiefs on Saturday at The Absa Stadium Durban, I wish to advise that anyone caught behaving in an inappropriate manner or throwing missiles on to the field will be removed and banned from the stadium.

“We condemn this kind of anti-social behaviour which casts Sharks rugby in a bad light. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional product and boast a family atmosphere unrivaled in the rugby world and distance ourselves from this behaviour.”

The Chiefs beat the Sharks 19-18 thanks to a last-minute penalty by flyhalf Stephen Donald.

The disgraceful sight of Sharks fans throwing missiles at Donald on two occasions - once while lining up a conversion attempt and then also during the last-minute penalty - reminded one of another forgetful moment back in 2002 at the same venue when spectator Piet van Zyl ran onto the field in a state of inebriation and tackled Irish referee Dave McHugh in a Test between the Springboks and All Blacks.
 

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