Catalans respond to pride flags complaints

Super League - Catalans v Hull FC - Saturday 22 June

Catalans Dragons have released a statement in response to the pride flags situation over the weekend in Perpignan.

The side were criticized on Saturday evening, with reports that Castleford fans were told to take down their pride flags inside the stadium.

“Catalans Dragons are happy to confirm that supporters flags are welcome in all the stands at Gilbert Brutus Stadium,” the club announced.

“We noted the complaints of certain Castleford supporters but, having reviewed the CCTV footage and numerous photos in the media, we can confirm that supporters were able to display their flags and colours throughout.

“However it is important that flags and banners do not cover advertising boards. Stadium security staff are briefed to ensure that advertising boards are kept clear throughout the game.

“The investigation found that one person was asked to remove a flag because it was covering an advertising board.

“The only banners and flags forbidden in our stadium and other sports stadia would be those which are insulting or inciting violence. We can confirm that no such incidents were reported on Saturday during our match against Castleford.”

The Rugby Football League has responded to Catalans’ investigation with a statement, it read: “We thank Catalans Dragons for instigating their own investigation, but we will need time to consider all the available evidence before reaching any conclusions.”

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