The punch-up between fans at last Friday evening’s Bristol v Exeter match at Ashton Gate is more than a tad concerning.
A fundamental part of rugby and one of its greatest appeals is that spectators can sit together and enjoy the game. To date rugby has not had to suffer the blight of crowd trouble and it is vital that this never changes.
The fact that Bristol have pledged to investigate fully is a start. That the incident has provoked such a furore is also a promising sign, demonstrating that the type of behaviour witnessed on Friday will not and must not be tolerated by decent rugby folk.