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Brennan charged for punching fan in rugby game

Brennan charged for punching fan in rugby game

Toulouse lock Trevor Brennan was charged with misconduct Thursday after climbing into the stands to punch a fan during a European Rugby Cup match.
Brennan said he was provoked by a group of Ulster supporters during Sunday's Heineken Cup match at Toulouse's Stade Ernest Wallon.
The ERC said in a statement that Toulouse teammate Gareth Thomas _ a Wales international expected to play in the Six Nations _ was also charged with misconduct.
Thomas "allegedly engaged in aggressive exchanges" with fans, tried to enter seating areas and reportedly made an offensive hand gesture toward the crowd.
Both will appear before an independent disciplinary committee at a later date.
The ERC also said it would investigate the behavior of a section of Ulster fans and Toulouse's alleged failure to control their players.
Brennan, a 33-year-old former Ireland international, apologized Tuesday for the incident, but said the visiting Northern Irish fans insulted his mother and poured beer on him as he warmed up on the sidelines.
Brennan punched 25-year-old Patrick Bamford, an accountant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who now lives in London. Bamford was examined by the Ulster team doctor after the match and received medical treatment after returning home, the team said. No serious injuries were reported.


Updated : 2021-04-13 09:03 GMT+08:00