Two fans banned following investigation into homophobic abuse of referee

first_imgFriday Nov 28, 2014 Two fans banned following investigation into homophobic abuse of referee Two people have received a ban and fines from attending Twickenham following an investigation from the RFU into recent homophobic abuse directed at referee Nigel Owens. Owens said recently that he feels homophobia could be creeping into rugby.The allegations were made by a fan attending the recent England vs New Zealand match at Twickenham. He said that he heard some awful abuse being hurled in the direction of the openly gay Welsh referee. He reported it a few days later, which led to the investigation by the RFU.There is a second investigation still ongoing, but two people have been banned for two years from attending Twickenham, as well as fined £1000 each, that will go to a charity of Owens’ choice.“While instances of this nature are exceptionally rare, the RFU takes rugby’s values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship very seriously, and is determined to uphold the,” said RFU CEO Ian Ritchie. “We are all guardians of these aspects of the game, on and off the pitch, and it is these values which make the sport special.”The RFU will continue to underline what is expected of supporters. At international matches the RFU will put messaging in the programme, in every ticket pack, on mid-tier LED boards and big screens throughout match day.This season a new confidential text service (Text HELP to 60886) is available to report any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour at the stadium. There are 850 stewards on hand to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans.Owens spoke to BBC Sport recently and said that the issue is worrying, and it’s unacceptable that this type of abuse is quite possibly creeping into the game. He also said that he feels a responsibility to speak out against homophobia in rugby.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

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