Tigers pledge to ban missile throwing fans

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Castleford Tigers have pledged to clamp down on unruly behaviour by fans after former player Richard Mathers was pelted with drinks during last Friday’s Super League derby with Wakefield.

Mathers had a bottle and a cup of coffee thrown at him after he scored one of Wakefield’s tries during their 37-16 victory at the Wish Communications Stadium.

The Tigers are investigating the incident and say anyone found guilty of throwing missiles will be banned.

The club’s interim chief executive Steve Gill (pictured) said: “We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour and obtaining evidence through CCTV footage and the assistance of stewards to identify the people involved and pass on to the authorities.

“The club has a family reputation that it has held for many years and recognise that the vast majority of loyal fans are let down by the very small minority who act in a disrespectful manner on rare occasions.

“These individuals cannot be allowed to drag the club through the gutter.”

“The club has a family reputation that it has held for many years and recognise that the vast majority of loyal fans are let down by the very small minority who act in a disrespectful manner on rare occasions. These individuals cannot be allowed to drag the club through the gutter.

“I would like to thank the considerable number of supporters who have already provided information regarding the incident. Their invaluable help in notifying staff of such instances is much appreciated and highlights the fans feeling towards this matter. ”

The Tigers continue to urge fans to be alert to others who act without respect on match days and encourage them to make staff aware immediately of any incident of anti-social behaviour or text the ground safety team on 07940996983.

As well as enforcing stadium bans on anybody found guilty of throwing missiles, the club would also like to emphasise that it will work with the police where necessary to prosecute offenders and details will be passed to all other professional rugby league clubs.