Pictured: dad given six match touchline ban after tripping son's opponent during cup final

Watford Observer: Pictured: dad banned from rugby club after tripping son's opponent during cup final Pictured: dad banned from rugby club after tripping son's opponent during cup final

A spectator who tripped an under 16s rugby player in full flight during a cup final match - apparently to spare his son’s Watford team from an even bigger thrashing - is under investigation by the county rugby body.

Pictures of the "deplorable" incident show a man at the sidelines of the Fullerians verses Royston U-16 game apparently sticking his leg out to trip the Royston player.

It is understood the man is a parent of one of the Fullerian squad, who were losing 64-5 in the Herts shield final.

Hertfordshire Rugby Football Union has now launched an investigation into the incident - but also into the individual who posted the photo on social media.

Tim Bonnett, chairman of community rugby, said: "An investigation is in place about the actual incident and also about the photo, which showed children and adults and was posted on social media.

"We are not making any other comment at this time as we do not want to prejudice the investigation.

"Hertfordshire Rugby is treating the matter very seriously."

The match on Sunday was ended prematurely with ten minutes to go.

Today Fullerians U-16 team manager Gary Dollard refused to name the tripper, saying it would be "unfair and unreasonable" to do so.

However an internal club investigation was started immediately.

Fullerians held a disciplinary hearing this week and the man has subsequently been banned for six games and told to attend a safe-guarding course.

Club chairman Kevin Brind said: "He is very remorseful and apologised to everyone."

Fullerians’ president Mike Musk said the action was "out of character" for the parent involved.

He said: "I wasn’t there, but I’ve seen the photo. We have had a committee meeting since and will have further meetings.

"It was certainly deplorable and the only mitigation I can give is that it would seem that it was out of character for this person.

"We have taken action and as far as I am aware, he has been banned from the touchline at matches until next December or January."

Royston Rugby Club president Jamie Johnson said  the incident was "extraordinary" and he had never heard of anything like it happening during a game of youth rugby.

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2:04pm Thu 1 May 14

HertsPeter says...

"Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!?
"Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!? HertsPeter
  • Score: -15

2:08pm Thu 1 May 14

Cuetip says...

What a totally disgusting act by a supposed adult on a young lad.

Well done Fullerians for taking prompt action. I can't begin to imagine the anger felt by the youth who was tripped. Luckily for the man, the lad escaped serious injury or else the spectator would be facing more serious charges.

I often wonder if this underhanded foul behaviour is so much part of today's society infecting the workplace and societies ie winning is all that matters.
What a totally disgusting act by a supposed adult on a young lad. Well done Fullerians for taking prompt action. I can't begin to imagine the anger felt by the youth who was tripped. Luckily for the man, the lad escaped serious injury or else the spectator would be facing more serious charges. I often wonder if this underhanded foul behaviour is so much part of today's society infecting the workplace and societies ie winning is all that matters. Cuetip
  • Score: 5

2:18pm Thu 1 May 14

garston tony says...

HertsPeter wrote:
"Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!?
Where did anyone say that what happened was alright? If that comment had been made and used as an excuse for no punishement then have a rant, but the mans been banned and the spokesman was probably just expressing astonishment that this guy should do something so out of character.
[quote][p][bold]HertsPeter[/bold] wrote: "Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!?[/p][/quote]Where did anyone say that what happened was alright? If that comment had been made and used as an excuse for no punishement then have a rant, but the mans been banned and the spokesman was probably just expressing astonishment that this guy should do something so out of character. garston tony
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Thu 1 May 14

garston tony says...

Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too.

They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations
Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too. They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations garston tony
  • Score: 9

2:27pm Thu 1 May 14

garston tony says...

garston tony wrote:
Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too. They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations
Probably worth the club noting that the WO is happy to publish the picture to what is probably going to be a bigger potential audience. Seeing as this is the type of story that some red tops might like to include this could even go national, picture included.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too. They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations[/p][/quote]Probably worth the club noting that the WO is happy to publish the picture to what is probably going to be a bigger potential audience. Seeing as this is the type of story that some red tops might like to include this could even go national, picture included. garston tony
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Thu 1 May 14

Abbotshorn says...

problem is that he will get a ban, but the club will also be hit by not having a roped off section for supporters.
problem is that he will get a ban, but the club will also be hit by not having a roped off section for supporters. Abbotshorn
  • Score: -5

5:24pm Thu 1 May 14

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

Bet his son is well proud......... sorry sad individual, thinking it big to deliberately trip a child, is that not assault, would be if it happened in the high street?
Send him down to Royston to play against the mens side let them show him the right and proper way to sort things on a rugby pitch, probably scare him to death, he looks like netball is more his thing........
Bet his son is well proud......... sorry sad individual, thinking it big to deliberately trip a child, is that not assault, would be if it happened in the high street? Send him down to Royston to play against the mens side let them show him the right and proper way to sort things on a rugby pitch, probably scare him to death, he looks like netball is more his thing........ #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Thu 1 May 14

Hertsboy says...

This is an assault on the player. Where was the game played - if a public place and not club property then all photography is fair game. The club have obviously got the hump that this was posted before they had a chance to do anything
This is an assault on the player. Where was the game played - if a public place and not club property then all photography is fair game. The club have obviously got the hump that this was posted before they had a chance to do anything Hertsboy
  • Score: 3

8:20pm Thu 1 May 14

watfordrick says...

Why didn't Heather from Eastenders or Hermione from Harry Potter get involved they were clearly present yet have not come forward to condemn the man.
Why didn't Heather from Eastenders or Hermione from Harry Potter get involved they were clearly present yet have not come forward to condemn the man. watfordrick
  • Score: 6

11:07pm Thu 1 May 14

garston tony says...

garston tony wrote:
garston tony wrote:
Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too. They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations
Probably worth the club noting that the WO is happy to publish the picture to what is probably going to be a bigger potential audience. Seeing as this is the type of story that some red tops might like to include this could even go national, picture included.
The story and picture are also on the web site now of at least one major national paper. The club are barking up the wrong tree if they feel this picture shouldnt legally have been posted on social media
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Good on the club for taking the action against the parent that they have but i'm a little concerned that they appear to want to go after whoever took the photo too. They mention children and adults being in the shot but if its illegal to post pictures with people in them on the internet then millions of people are breaking the law every day by doing just that on social media. Seeing as the government have also said for instance that it is perfectly alright for people to take pictures at say a school christmas concert then i'm pretty confident its ok to take a picture that also happens to have a child somewhere in it in other situations[/p][/quote]Probably worth the club noting that the WO is happy to publish the picture to what is probably going to be a bigger potential audience. Seeing as this is the type of story that some red tops might like to include this could even go national, picture included.[/p][/quote]The story and picture are also on the web site now of at least one major national paper. The club are barking up the wrong tree if they feel this picture shouldnt legally have been posted on social media garston tony
  • Score: 1

12:05am Fri 2 May 14

Keefer says...

I think the club are going after the photographer because they didn't get the chance to keep it under wraps! They seem to be attempting to protect the individual doing the tripping ...Why? Is he a club official\committee member maybe?
I think the club are going after the photographer because they didn't get the chance to keep it under wraps! They seem to be attempting to protect the individual doing the tripping ...Why? Is he a club official\committee member maybe? Keefer
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Fri 2 May 14

garston tony says...

Keefer wrote:
I think the club are going after the photographer because they didn't get the chance to keep it under wraps! They seem to be attempting to protect the individual doing the tripping ...Why? Is he a club official\committee member maybe?
I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt as they have banned the father but I suspect you may be right. In case they are reading these comments the club should note that a national radio station ith a listenership in the millions lso so nothing wrong with, when mentioning this story about an hour ago, telling people where they could view this picture.

I hope for their own sake that they drop the investigation into who took the picture as the only two outcomes are that they'll decide the photographer did nothing wrong in which case its been a whole waste of time or they'll decide they did do something wrong which is itself a wrong decision seeing as the media itself sees no issue in publishing the image with the content it has of children etc
[quote][p][bold]Keefer[/bold] wrote: I think the club are going after the photographer because they didn't get the chance to keep it under wraps! They seem to be attempting to protect the individual doing the tripping ...Why? Is he a club official\committee member maybe?[/p][/quote]I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt as they have banned the father but I suspect you may be right. In case they are reading these comments the club should note that a national radio station ith a listenership in the millions lso so nothing wrong with, when mentioning this story about an hour ago, telling people where they could view this picture. I hope for their own sake that they drop the investigation into who took the picture as the only two outcomes are that they'll decide the photographer did nothing wrong in which case its been a whole waste of time or they'll decide they did do something wrong which is itself a wrong decision seeing as the media itself sees no issue in publishing the image with the content it has of children etc garston tony
  • Score: 1

9:09pm Fri 2 May 14

HertsPeter says...

garston tony wrote:
HertsPeter wrote:
"Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!?
Where did anyone say that what happened was alright? If that comment had been made and used as an excuse for no punishement then have a rant, but the mans been banned and the spokesman was probably just expressing astonishment that this guy should do something so out of character.
Try and pass it off all you like pal. A six-game ban is a signal to say the ciub couldn't care less about what happened. Disgusting.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HertsPeter[/bold] wrote: "Out of character" - so that's alright then? That lad he tripped could have been fatally injured!!?[/p][/quote]Where did anyone say that what happened was alright? If that comment had been made and used as an excuse for no punishement then have a rant, but the mans been banned and the spokesman was probably just expressing astonishment that this guy should do something so out of character.[/p][/quote]Try and pass it off all you like pal. A six-game ban is a signal to say the ciub couldn't care less about what happened. Disgusting. HertsPeter
  • Score: 2

11:21am Mon 5 May 14

BooRaider says...

Chasing the photographer is a ;lame smoke screen to divert attention from an assault on an unsuspecting 'passer by'. Unless there is signage posted anywhere stating that photography is prohibited unless otherwise sanctioned then no offence has taken place
The parent should be banned for life from attending games, he's lucky the player wasn't injured or he could have faced a massive legal claim for compensation.
As it is this 'man' is being outed as nothing but a coward and low life.
Chasing the photographer is a ;lame smoke screen to divert attention from an assault on an unsuspecting 'passer by'. Unless there is signage posted anywhere stating that photography is prohibited unless otherwise sanctioned then no offence has taken place The parent should be banned for life from attending games, he's lucky the player wasn't injured or he could have faced a massive legal claim for compensation. As it is this 'man' is being outed as nothing but a coward and low life. BooRaider
  • Score: 4

11:11am Tue 6 May 14

yesplease says...

This is a typical, slap on the wrist, type of punishment for egg chasers.

Imagine if this had happened at a junior football match? The police would have been around in no time, parent banned from attending games, probably bailed whilst a file is sent to the CPS to see if he should be charged with some grievous offence.

But no, this is rugger, so it just gets swept under the carpet, because nice, wholesome people play rugger.
That old adage:hooligans game played by gentleman? Anyone unfortunate enough to bump into a rugger club on a night out will tell you they are generally louts and thugs.
This is a typical, slap on the wrist, type of punishment for egg chasers. Imagine if this had happened at a junior football match? The police would have been around in no time, parent banned from attending games, probably bailed whilst a file is sent to the CPS to see if he should be charged with some grievous offence. But no, this is rugger, so it just gets swept under the carpet, because nice, wholesome people play rugger. That old adage:hooligans game played by gentleman? Anyone unfortunate enough to bump into a rugger club on a night out will tell you they are generally louts and thugs. yesplease
  • Score: -1

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