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STATEMENT: Ashton Gate & Bristol Rugby

Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol Rugby have now been able to fully review the CCTV footage taken at Bristol Rugby’s game against Exeter on Friday night. 

An isolated incident in the South Stand occurred involving a small number of people towards the end of the game. This footage will be passed to Avon & Somerset Police and we understand that those involved will be subject to a criminal investigation.

Mark Kelly, chief of stadium operations said: “I would like to take this opportunity to stress that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. I’ve told the police that we will work with them to identify the culprits, fortunately it was a very small group and all were visually identifiable. 

“We are a family friendly stadium and want to stress that there is no place for this kind of behaviour. 700,000 fans have visited Ashton Gate in the past 12 months without any incident like this occurring. The identified fans will face a life ban from the stadium for both football and rugby events.”

In line with core values of Premiership Rugby we work continuously to ensure that our fans act in a respectful and responsible manner to all parties after winning or losing. Individuals and collective groups of fans should always support a positive public image of the sport.

Friday’s events have no place in the game or in our stadium and we will take every step to ensure that those responsible will be held to full account. 

 

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