Catalans and Warrington fined for crowd trouble in Perpignan

Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves have both been fined for the crowd trouble in Perpignan earlier this year.

Catalans have been fined £27,500 and Warrington £15,000, after an RFL investigation into the events which followed their Super League fixture in Perpignan on August 3.

Both clubs have accepted the findings, with the home side fined more for the ‘sole responsibility for the management of its ground when it is open to the public’.

In a statement released by the RFL, Karen Moorhouse, RFL chief regulatory officer, said: “The behaviour of some of the supporters at this fixture was completely unacceptable and has no place in Rugby League – importantly, both Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves have accepted that, and committed themselves to taking positive steps in response.

“All clubs have a responsibility to ensure that everybody who comes into a stadium can enjoy the game – that is a key part of our Enjoy the Game campaign, which promotes a welcoming and enjoyable experience for everyone at Rugby League, wherever it is played and whatever their role.

“This incident was highly unusual, in a game which has always taken pride in the behaviour of the vast majority of Rugby League supporters, and the family traditions it has encouraged; however, we are aware that it was not the only disappointing off-field incident in the 2019 season, and it is important we are not complacent in that regard. We will be working with clubs to reinforce the importance of the Enjoy the Game campaign during the off-season.”

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