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Bottle thrown at referee after Gloucester vs Bath - club launching investigation

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

Tim Wigglesworth targeted after the match

GLOUCESTER Rugby will launch an investigation after a bottle was thrown at the referee following an ill-tempered West Country derby.

Tim Wigglesworth had to be escorted from the pitch after officiating the chaotic Kingsholm encounter, in which he sent off two players, sin-binned another five and awarded Bath a controversial penalty try.

But temperatures were also frayed on the sidelines as a bottle was thrown in the direction of the Hull official as he returned to the changing rooms.

A club spokesman said: “Gloucester Rugby have been made aware of an allegation of an object being thrown in the direction of the match officials as they left the field following Saturday’s game against Bath.

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“This type of action simply cannot be condoned. If the incident did take place, and the individual is identified, the strongest possible action will be taken.

“However, until CCTV footage can be studied and the stewards who were working in the area spoken to, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.”

Both Nigel Davies and Bath’s head coach Mike Ford slammed the refereeing of the encounter and an investigation could also be launched by the RFU following the scenes.

An RFU spokesman said: “The match will be subject to a full review by the RFU as per normal procedure.”

Fans on Twitter slammed the ugly scenes, with one calling ‘one of the most shameful days’ in premiership rugby history.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said they had not received any reports relating to the bottle throwing incident.

It’s not the first time this season that a fan’s actions have been called into question.

In November, an unnamed supporter was banned after emptying his drink over Wasps player Elliot Daly.

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