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Teenage boy on school rugby tour admits throwing bottle at referee after Gloucester game

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

The bottle being thrown at Tim Wigglesworth

A TEENAGE boy is responsible for hurling a plastic bottle at the referee after Gloucester Rugby’s ugly clash with Bath at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The youngster was on an escorted rugby tour with friends, accompanied by school teachers, when the incident occurred.

Tim Wigglesworth, inset, had to be escorted from the pitch after officiating the Kingsholm encounter.

Tempers frayed on the sidelines as a Coke bottle was thrown in the direction of the Hull official as he returned to the changing rooms.

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A club statement from Gloucester said: “Gloucester Rugby were made aware following the Aviva Premiership game at home to Bath of an allegation of a bottle being thrown in the direction of the match officials as they left the field.

“Having looked closely at the available CCTV footage, Gloucester Rugby have now been able to identify that an empty soft drink bottle was thrown towards the tunnel area from seats occupied by a group of teenage boys on an escorted Rugby tour.

“The individuals were on a day out, accompanied by their school teachers, which included watching the game.

“The individual concerned has admitted to the act, and is extremely remorseful about his actions. Gloucester Rugby are liaising with the club and individual with regards to appropriate action being taken.

“Gloucester Rugby would like to stress that the individual involved is neither a member or regular supporter of the club.”

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

In November, a supporter was banned after emptying his drink over Wasps’ Elliot Daly.

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