MUNSTER Rugby have released an unusual statement aimed at their fans following an unsavoury jeering incident at the weekend.
When fly-half Ian Keatley was substituted following a poor performance in their 31-19 loss to Leicester on Saturday, a section of the Munster fans bellowed ironic jeers to greet the decision.
It’s behaviour more associated with football stadiums, with former Munster player Trevor Hogan branding the fans responsible as ‘disgraceful’.
The club felt compelled to react, releasing the following statement, with the main objective seemingly to remind fans of the need to respect the players, the club and the sport.
“In promoting sportsmanship and positive participation we would like to highlight the below for our supporters and visitors attending matches in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.
R – Respect for both teams, officials and stadium staff. Please remember it is a family occasion, we encourage a vocal crowd and sporting behaviour.
E – Enjoy the game. We want everyone attending Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park to enjoy the experience and feel safe.
S – Silence for the kicker. We encourage our fans and opposition supporters to uphold the tradition of remaining silent for all kickers when taking shots at goal.
P – Participate in the overall match-day experience. Please be vocal in your support, wear your team colours and continue to be upstanding in showing your support on match-day.
E – Educate and welcome younger supporters. It is a family occasion and we want our younger supporters to enjoy memorable moments and become life-long members of the club, show them how to support rugby positively, leading by example.
C – Call out those around you who display unsporting behaviour. We have stewards positioned around the stadium in the terraces and stands, and we ask that you consult them for any issues that may arise.
T – Traditions to be recognised. Please continue to uphold our traditions and values as a club.”