Fan injured in Newlands brawl

    2013-04-03 12:03
    Newlands Rugby Stadium (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) met on Tuesday to discuss several off-field incidents that occurred during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and Crusaders at Newlands last Saturday, according to Die Burger's website.

    A fist fight broke out on the Railway stand between two men after a woman was allegedly struck in the face.

    The woman was stabilised in a supportive neck-brace by paramedics, before being taken away on a stretcher.

    VIDEO: Fan injured in Newlands brawl

    Friends tried to hold the Crusader and Stormers fans apart, but the fight continued, watched by stadium security.

    Police officers eventually intervened, jumping over the advertising hoardings to stop the fight.

    The men were taken away by police. One of them tried to resist arrest, but was handcuffed and escorted out of the stadium by six officers.

    The WPRU said it was aware of several incidents that happened at the game and were conducting an ongoing investigating.

    It was the third incident of crowd violence at a South African Super Rugby match in the past month, after the death of Brett Williams in Durban last week, and after footage emerged of a violent brawl at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

    Rob Wagner, WP Rugby's managing director, issued an apology to WP fans.

    "We apologise to anyone in the crowd who was affected by the incidents. There seems to be a history of these kind of incidents when the Stormers play the Crusaders in Cape Town."

    "We are already in discussions with stakeholders to avoid such incidents in the future," Wagner said.

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