Ulster Rugby issue lifetime ban to fan who racially abused Simon Zebo

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An Ulster Rugby spectator has been given a lifetime ban over racial abuse aimed at Simon Zebo during their recent Heineken Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium.

In a statement, Ulster thanked members of their support who came forward with information on the incident when CCTV footage proved inconclusive.

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Following the match, Zebo posted a tweet which gave a strong indication that the abuse was racist in nature.

On Tuesday Ulster Rugby released a statement on the incident:

“Following a robust investigation into allegations of abuse directed at Simon Zebo during the fixture versus Racing 92, Ulster Rugby has sanctioned a lifetime ban on a spectator, for breaching our stadium regulations.

“We are all very proud of our reputation as an inclusive club and the unacceptable behaviour of this one individual is not reflective of our supporters, or the values of our club.We have issued a written apology to Simon Zebo and Racing 92.”

On Tuesday Ireland international Zebo thanked Ulster for their response.

Twitter post by @SimonZebo: Thank you @UlsterRugby

Ulster Rugby CEO Johnny Petrie also issued a statement on the issue:

“We will be putting additional measures in place to ensure that we have a safe, positive atmosphere at the stadium and supporters are encouraged to immediately report any future incidents to a steward.

“This extends to the broader game in Ulster as well – rugby should be fun to watch from the touchlines, and we will not tolerate any forms of abuse; be it from supporters, parents or coaches.”

 

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