Munster ban fan who confronted Vunipola
NEWS: Days after their Champions Cup semifinal exit to Saracens, Munster have finally completed their investigation into the spectator who entered the Ricoh Arena playing field to confront Billy Vunipola.
The Pro14 club revealed that they have banned the supporter from all home matches.
The Saracens forward was approached by the spectator, who was wearing a Munster jersey, following Saracens’ 32-16 victory on April 20.
The No.8, who was booed throughout the match by Munster fans, revealed he had been jolted by the incident that happened following the match when he and his teammates did a lap walking around the pitch to acknowledge the supporters in the wake of the European match that was won by the London club.
“It was quite scary,” he said at the time.
Vunipola was in the line of fire in the lead-up to the match following his reprimand by the RFU and by Saracens following his backing of the controversial social media post published by Israel Folau.
Munster had initially issued a statement on April 21, the day after the match in Coventry, stating that they “will investigate the matter further”
The club’s statement read: “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.”