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Munster Rugby Ban Supporter Who Confronted Billy Vunipola From Thomond Park

Munster Rugby Ban Supporter Who Confronted Billy Vunipola From Thomond Park

Munster rugby have released a statement confirming the supporter who entered the field at the Ricoh Arena after their Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens will be banned from attending home matches.

The fan was detained after he confronted English back-row Billy Vunipola on the field. He had already been banned from the Coventry venue.

Now Munster have confirmed he will also be banned from games at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.

Following further investigation into the incident involving a spectator entering the field of play at the Ricoh Arena, the province can confirm that a decision has been made to prohibit the supporter from attending matches at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, in addition to the ban from the Ricoh Arena.

The province wishes to reiterate it does not condone the entry of any spectator to the field of play.

While it was hugely disappointing to see a supporter breach the stadium regulations, the behaviour of this one individual is not reflective of our supporters.

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The incident came after a week of controversy for Vunipola. 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?"

He was subsequently issued with a formal warning by Saracens and the RFU but served no ban.

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Maurice Brosnan

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