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EPCR Release Statement After Supporter Confronts Billy Vunipola


Sean McMahon reporting from the Ricoh Arena 

EPCR have released a statement after a fan confronted Billy Vunipola when the England star was completing his lap of honour after Saracens’ 32-16 victory over Munster in today’s semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup. 

The fan, wearing a Munster jersey, approached Vunipola and EPCR have condemned the incident.

“EPCR does not condone the entry of a spectator to the field of play,” a statement read.

“Following the regrettable incident at the Ricoh Arena, the spectator in question is currently being detained by the stadium authorities.”

The spectator was later released by stadium authorities and there has been no involvement from the police but it is understood that the details will be passed on to Munster Rugby.

Billy Vunipola

Munster declined to comment on the incident, and a spokesperson for the club stopped head coach Johann van Graan from commenting on the incident when quizzed about it during the post-match press conference.

Vunipola was booed by sections of the crowd in attendance throughout the game.

Vunipola was warned by his club about his future conduct after the number eight defended the controversial comments made by Israel Folau.

Vunipola said in a social media post, “how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be”. Vunipola also said that “man was made for woman to pro-create.”

Billy Vunipola

Saracens boss Mark McCall also declined to comment on the incident during the post-match press conference but he did say that he believes the club dealt with Vunipola’s comments “fairly”.

“You could see how tight we were today,” McCall said.

“The club dealt with it (Vunipola social media post), it’s been dealt with, it was dealt with decisively, it was dealt with quickly and it was dealt with, in my opinion, fairly.

“Then we just got on with the rugby and that’s what we’re here to do, get on with the rugby. We had a great week and played well today and now we look forward.”

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