Featherstone considering games behind closed doors, banning alcohol

Featherstone Rovers CEO Davide Longo has threatened playing games behind closed doors and banning alcohol from the ground in an attempt to prevent ongoing fan issues.

Rovers are currently investigating an incident that occurred after Sunday’s game with Toulouse, which Longo confirmed involved a fan abusing a match official, while they have already banned supporters following previous incidents this season.

In an interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Longo said: “It’s just an incident where a fan’s said something out of turn to a match official after the game. We’re zero tolerance for this now.

“We’ve had our troubles across the season and now we’ve made it clear to the fans that we’re not going to tolerate that sort of behaviour.

“We’re still investigating it and I have a few meetings to have tomorrow morning, but certainly we’ll issue another statement.

He added: “It brings the club into disrepute. We’re trying to protect the family image of the sport.

“We’re not saying that Featherstone is squeaky clean and other clubs have their issues, but we’re not going to tolerate it.

“We’ve banned three of the fans and I’ve threatened the supporters that if it was to continue we’d look at playing games behind closed doors or banning alcohol.

“If that’s what it takes to get rid of the people who are letting us down then we’re going to do it.”