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Sunday 17 December 2017

No Ryanair flight for rugby ref Nigel Owens over passport problem

Nigel Owens
Nigel Owens

International rugby referee Nigel Owens has expressed his anger at Ryanair after the airline refused to let him board a Dublin-bound flight because he didn't have a passport.

The Welshman, who is to referee the Leinster v Zebre Rabo Direct game tonight, was due to take flight FR504 from Bristol to Dublin Airport this morning.

He tweeted: "Help @Ryanair didn't know I had to have passport to travel with u to Ireland. Stuck in Bristol Airport. ref in Leinster v Zebre tonight."

However, the airline responded by saying: "as per our terms and conditions traveling on international route you need a valid passport."

A Ryanair spokesman told the Herald that its policy is that "passengers are required to carry a passport with them when travelling", adding that its rules are "well known".

Rival airline Aer Lingus came to the rescue.

"Will get to Dublin on time now to ref Leinster v Zebre thanks to @aerlingus for their genuine help and kindness," Owens tweeted.

Owens (43), who has previously officiated at two World Cups as well as at Heineken Cup Finals, said he would be flying with Aer Lingus from now on.

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