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Fan thrown out of Aviva match over 'sectarian abuse'


Leinster and Ulster in action at the Aviva stadium

Leinster and Ulster in action at the Aviva stadium


Leinster and Ulster in action at the Aviva stadium

Leinster Rugby have condemned a "sectarian incident" which saw a fan removed from the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final win over Ulster.

Leinster secured a place in the last four with a dramatic 21-18 victory in a rip-roaring contest in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Dublin 4 stadium.

However, one fan was removed from the ground after allegedly shouting sectarian abuse.

It is understood that the fan was shouting abuse at visiting Ulster Rugby supporters when he was reported to stewards by a Leinster fan.

The man was removed from the stadium by stewards and gardai.

Leinster issued a statement after the game on Twitter.

"Leinster Rugby are aware of an isolated incident during yesterday's game which was dealt with at the time by stewards and by gardai," they said.


"There is no place in sport or in our society for any form of physical or verbal abuse.

"Thank you to the vast majority of the 51,700 who sang, roared, cheered and urged both teams on in what was a hugely special day for Irish rugby. Let that be the narrative."

A garda spokesperson told the Herald that there were no reports of the man being further arrested or charged.

Meanwhile, the dates and times for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals are now confirmed after Toulouse's narrow 22-21 victory over fellow French club Racing 92 yesterday.

The Aviva Stadium will host the meeting of Leinster and Toulouse when the sides meet on Sunday, April 21, with a 3.15pm kick-off in Dublin. Munster will play Saracens in the other semi-final.

The Champions Cup final will be held on May 11 at Newcastle United's St James' Park.