Munster Rugby issued a statement this afternoon calling for supporters to “respect” players and opposition at all times during games at Thomond Park.
The announcement comes in the wake of Munster’s 31-19 loss to Leicester at the weekend, where fans booed certain players, with outhalf Ian Keatley in particular coming under fire.
Keatley’s performances at fly-half have been a major talking point for some time now and Saturday’s loss against Leicester proved to be the tipping point as many fans voiced their frustration with 28-year-old and his teammates.
In a statement on the club’s website, Munster called for fans to adhere to the values of “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” and reminded fans to promote sportsmanship and engage in positive participation.
The statement read:
“In promoting sportsmanship and positive participation we would like to highlight the below for our supporters and visitors attending matches in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.”
R – Respect for both teams, officials and stadium staff. Please remember it is a family occasion, we encourage a vocal crowd and sporting behaviour.
E – Enjoy the game. We want everyone attending Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park to enjoy the experience and feel safe.
S – Silence for the kicker. We encourage our fans and opposition supporters to uphold the tradition of remaining silent for all kickers when taking shots at goal.
P – Participate in the overall match-day experience. Please be vocal in your support, wear your team colours and continue to be upstanding in showing your support on match-day.
E – Educate and welcome younger supporters. It is a family occasion and we want our younger supporters to enjoy memorable moments and become life-long members of the club, show them how to support rugby positively, leading by example.
C – Call out those around you who display unsporting behaviour. We have stewards positioned around the stadium in the terraces and stands, and we ask that you consult them for any issues that may arise.
T – Traditions to be recognised. Please continue to uphold our traditions and values as a club.
Long known for their respect for the opposition and for the game, Munster are one of the proudest club’s in all of rugby and as they go through their re-building process they’ll need their fans behind them every step of the way.
Unfortunately for Munster, they need to put a product on the field that fans can get behind and Saturday’s performance against the Tigers was far from it.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena