Welsh mum Menna Watkins says the behaviour of some supporters in the Principality Stadium on Friday made her ‘ashamed’ to be a fan herself
She walked away from the experience less than impressed and won’t be returning
In an open letter, Menna described how she was mocked for confronting rowdy fans, and said she would never take her son to the stadium again
A mother, who looked to remember a memorable evening with her seven-year-old son as he enjoyed his first international rugby game says she was shocked by “drunken, foul-mouthed” behaviour which left her feeling “embarrassed and ashamed to be a Welsh rugby supporter”.
Menna wrote: “This was a special occasion as my son, a keen rugby player and supporter, had never been to the national stadium before and was keen to see his heroes play for his country.
“Before the match, we wandered around Cardiff to soak up the wonderful, friendly match day atmosphere, all of which added to my son’s experience.
“However, our whole evening changed when we arrived at our seats in the Principality Stadium.
“We were surrounded by drunken, foul-mouthed adults.
“Throughout the match, we had to listen to language that no adult should have to endure let alone a seven-year-old child.
“I have grown up in a rugby family and totally accept that swear words are used during rugby games but the people around us had absolutely no respect.
‘Mocked’ for asking swearing to stop
“They were at the game just to drink and their continual use of the ‘C word’ was horrifying.”
Menna said she asked the fans to mind their language and consider her son was sitting in front of them.
She added: “My pleas fell on deaf ears and I was mocked for asking.
“I felt intimidated and shocked by the behaviour and total lack of respect for myself, my son and other supporters in the surrounding area.
Menna’s observations follow controversial comments made by a senior police officer who slammed middle-aged men who go on all-day drinking sessions when Wales play rugby, thinking ‘they can behave any way they like’.