SRU to probe derby-day mayhem

The ugly scenes that marred Saturday's semi-junior derby prompted the referee to abandon the game and will be the subject of an SRU investigation
The ugly scenes that marred Saturday's semi-junior derby prompted the referee to abandon the game and will be the subject of an SRU investigation
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THE SRU has confirmed that it will investigate a mass brawl which broke out between the Wanderers and PSA on Saturday, and resulted in the match being abondoned.

The semi-junior league local derby game descended into chaos early in the second half, when fists began to fly and numerous fights broke out on the Volunteer Park pitch. This was despite both sides having given a good account of themselves up to this point, with the home side seven points in front.

Wands coach Jim Hay told the Hawick News earlier this week: “My personal take on the matter is that the referee should have kept blowing his whistle until things stopped, not stood back with his arms folded, that made it seem that all was okay. He panicked and made the wrong call.” Although unable to single out the flashpoint for the fracas, Hay stated: “I would not apportion blame on any side or player, the game should have been restarted with a strict warning to players and coaches that any further foul play would ensure a red card.

“The game itself was not dirty, both sides were fully committed and after it were all handshakes and smiles as inevitably they are all friends.” But alluding to rumours that both team coaches were also embroiled in the tussle, he commented: “The whole thing has grown arms and legs, but it can be assured that no supporter or committee member was hit or hit any player.

“All they did was try and prevent any further punches being thrown as some sense of calm had to be restored.”

In relation to how the club intends to deal with the incident, he added: “The Wanderers met with the players, president and myself on Monday night, and they have been told in no uncertain terms that Saturday’s incident is not acceptable behaviour.

“We have taken relevant action internally, and as far as we are concerned the incident has been put to bed.”

George McCulloch, PSA president, commented: “We will be holding a meeting with the committee to decide how things will be dealt with. We obviously condemn the boys’ behaviour on and steps will be taken.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Rugby said: “We are aware of the incident at Volunteer Park and are awaiting the referee’s report. An investigation will be held by the SRU’s disciplinary panel.”

n Match report, page 26

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