RFU man apologises for hitting player

A Rugby Football Union employee has apologised for attempting to strike a player with a programme during Wasps’ Heineken Cup victory on Sunday.

The man, Alan Black is an ex Wasps captain and RFU leisure rugby manager was kicked out of the grounds after the incident near the touchline.

Black appeared to hit Clermont Auvergne prop Martin Scelzo with a rolled up program during a fight between players.

The RFU issued a statement which said, “Alan Black would like to unreservedly apologise, The RFU will be co-operating fully with any investigation into the incident that took place at the London Wasps versus Clermont Auvergne match on Saturday,” the statement added.

“The RFU’s disciplinary officer has been informed and is considering the position.”

Tony Copsey the Wasps chief executive also added to the debacle by saying that Black could be given a life ban from Adams Park after the incident is investigated.

Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio said that what happened needed to be put in perspective. “Let’s get it into perspective. A guy throws six punches and gets yellow-carded whereas another guy hits someone with a programme., He told the BBC.

“The incident has to be taken in the context of what happened previously – a guy had thrown a load of punches.”

Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards said he had some sympathy for Black.

“It’s not a lifetime ban. The man felt threatened at the time – a guy had just come flying through and thrown six punches,” he said.

“A civilian of 60-odd years of age would automatically feel threatened. In the end it’s a programme.”



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