Monday, January 30, 2023

Pitch attacker to be issued a lifetime ban at Wales rugby game

CARDIFF, Wales (NWN) – A man who attacked the pitch during a Wales-South Africa match on Saturday will be banned for life from rugby events at the Principality Stadium.

The unidentified intruder created a ruckus late in the match when he got in the way of Wales’ attack. Liam Williams had to run between the prone man and a stadium steward, with the triline visible, but was put out by the Springboks defence. Wales coach Wayne Pivac had doubts whether Williams would have scored. Wales suffered a 23–18 defeat.

“Purchasing any tickets from the WRU for future rugby events to be held at the Homestead Stadium will result in the person being issued a lifetime ban,” stadium manager Mark Williams said in a statement on Monday.

“We are very disappointed to learn that the person is a registered player and a member of a rugby club; the WRU is currently investigating this as a breach of the Code of Conduct.”

It was the second attacker in consecutive matches at the stadium. Last Saturday, a man in a New Zealand kit managed to line up with the All Blacks for the national anthem. The same man in the Japan kit had joined the Japan squad for the anthem before the match against Ireland at Lansdowne Road last Saturday.

Williams, in charge of Homestead Stadium, said they would reconsider security.

“For more than 20 years,” he said, “the stadium has been respected around the world for its unique atmosphere and sports day experience. It is deeply disheartening to think that recent events threaten the traditional sports day experience. And we may be forced to look into additional measures that will affect the fan experience.”


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