MUNSTER Rugby has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a statement on their official website reminding supporters of their responsibilities to respect home and opposition players while attending fixtures.
The statement is issued following Saturday’s Champions Cup home game with Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park when Munster out-half Ian Keatley was jeered by a section of home supporters as he was replaced close to the end of the game.
Saturday’s loss to the Tigers was Munster’s third in successive weeks in all competitions.
Afterwards head coach Anthony Foley was critical of the section of Munster supporters who jeered Keatley’s substitution..
“That is very disappointing from a very knowledgeable crowd to do that and I am very disappointed in that,” he said.
The Munster statement published on their website this Tuesday reads: “In promoting sportsmanship and positive participation we would like to highlight the below for our supporters and visitors attending matches in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.
R - Respect for both teams, officials and stadium staff. Please remember it is a family occasion, we encourage a vocal crowd and sporting behaviour.
E - Enjoy the game. We want everyone attending Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park to enjoy the experience and feel safe.
S - Silence for the kicker. We encourage our fans and opposition supporters to uphold the tradition of remaining silent for all kickers when taking shots at goal.
P - Participate in the overall match-day experience. Please be vocal in your support, wear your team colours and continue to be upstanding in showing your support on match-day.
E - Educate and welcome younger supporters. It is a family occasion and we want our younger supporters to enjoy memorable moments and become life-long members of the club, show them how to support rugby positively, leading by example.
C - Call out those around you who display unsporting behaviour. We have stewards positioned around the stadium in the terraces and stands, and we ask that you consult them for any issues that may arise.
T - Traditions to be recognised. Please continue to uphold our traditions and values as a club.”
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