RFL investigating incident at Salford

The Rugby Football League will investigate the incident following yesterday’s Super League clash between Salford and Leeds at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Referee James Child was struck by a plastic cup at full-time as he made his way down the tunnel, with the home supporters venting their anger towards the official.

The Red Devils, who lost the match 50-24, released a statement yesterday evening condemning this behaviour with a lifetime ban to be imposed on the culprit.

In a short statement of their own, the RFL said: “The Rugby Football League is aware of an incident involving a supporter at the end of the Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium yesterday (Sunday, July 9).

“Physical and verbal abuse towards a match official, player, coach or fellow spectator is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Rugby Football League.

“Rugby League grounds are a place where everyone should be able to enjoy watching and participating in our sport and this enjoyment should not be ruined by the actions of a small number of individuals.

“The Rugby Football League is reviewing the incident that took place on Sunday and will provide an update when complete.”

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