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Vunipola: Being Confronted By Munster Supporter Was 'Quite Scary'

Vunipola: Being Confronted By Munster Supporter Was 'Quite Scary'

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola has addressed being confronted by a Munster supporter following his side's victory in yesterday's Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena.

The supporter has since been banned from the Coventry venue.

Vunipola, who was named Man of the Match by BT Sport, was strangely lauded by the broadcaster for having done so in adversity. That was adversity was a storm of controversy created by his own homophobic comments made eight days earlier.

The 26-year-old liked a post by Australian international Israel Folau in which it was said that for gay people "hell awaits". Vunipola subsequently defended his liking of the post, writing "Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?"

Speaking to BBC 5 Live following Saturday's game, Vunipola described being confronted by that Munster supporter as "quite scary".

"People say I put my foot in it so I have to deal with it," said Vunipola.

It's not something I'm afraid of. I probably have to expect that it's going to keep happening.

It was quite a motivating factor that people were booing me. I wanted to back up my words and show my team-mates that I did not mean to distract them.

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"It was probably insensitive, but also something I strongly believe in," said Vunipola regarding his comments on Instagram.

"I'll probably not be as honest as I have been about things that probably hurt a lot of people. I know that now.

"I'm not going to change the happy-go-lucky person I am. My faith is what got me to this position. It's something I'll stick by.

"It's been awesome having friends supporting me, whether they agree with me or not."

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