STATEMENT:  Munster ban fan over Bayonne incident - Ruck

STATEMENT:  Munster ban fan over Bayonne incident

In the aftermath of Saturday’s intense Investec Champions Cup clash between Munster and Bayonne at Thomond Park, Munster has taken decisive action by imposing a stadium ban on a spectator involved in an incident during the game.

The encounter concluded in a 17-17 draw, with Bayonne scoring a late converted try in Limerick.

Television footage captured a moment of controversy when a fan in the crowd was seen tugging at the shirt of Bayonne lock Kote Mikautadze, who was engaged in a grapple with other players along the touchline.

The incident unfolded in the 45th minute as tensions escalated between the teams, with Munster leading 14-3 at the time.

Following the game, the supporter voluntarily came forward on Monday to acknowledge his involvement and issued an apology to Munster for his actions.

In response, Munster has implemented a stadium ban for the fan, applicable for an unspecified number of home matches.

During the skirmish, Munster flanker Thomas Ahern intervened to guide Mikautadze away from the spectator-confrontation, emphasising the need for a respectful and sportsmanlike atmosphere in rugby matches.

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