Year?s ban for rugby ruckus

By STEVE SPINKS

THREE Casino supporters have been banned from all rugby activities for one year after a meeting of the Far North Coast rugby union last Sunday.

The three supporters were banned following unruly behaviour at the FNC grand finals at Yamba last month, which included verbal abuse directed towards referee Graham Cook after the match.

"They have 28 days to appeal the decision," FNC administrative officer John Drysdale said.

"But they have been outed (suspended) for a considerable time.

"They are supporters and not players."

The decision to ban the supporters was made by a well-attended general committee meeting.

"The Casino club players themselves are not responsible," Drysdale said.

"It was other members, some of whom are closely associated with the club."

According to Drysdale, the Casino club has apologised to Cook for the incident, which included the referee's family being threatened and abused.

The streakers who ran on the field in the same match have written formal apologies, which were accepted at the meeting.

However, the three young men who commandeered a golf buggy and drove it around and across the field have not been identified.

One Lismore City player who became embroiled in a fight with one of the golf buggy drivers off the field has been suspended until the fifth round next season.



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