RFL await report on fans’ behaviour at end of cup semi-final

Widnes fans run onto the Ligh pitch at the end of the Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final.
Widnes fans run onto the Ligh pitch at the end of the Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final.

Following incidents involving some spectators at the end of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village between Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings, the RFL will await reports from the stadium, the police and the two clubs before deciding what action to take.

Pictures have emerged of Widnes fans running onto the pitch where they appear to attack the Castleford Tigers mascots while players had to cut short their celebrations with fans after their 28-6 victory had booked a first Wembley trip for Cas since 1992.

An RFL statement said that the behaviour of the vast majority of fans was exemplary and the incident was not what was expected from Rugby League supporters.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “The sport has every right to be disappointed with the behaviour of a minority of Widnes fans. We will work with the clubs to identify any supporters who encroached onto the pitch. There is no place for such behaviour in Rugby League.

“True Rugby League supporters are renowned for their good nature at all occasions such as this and we will not hesitate to use whatever measures are available to us to protect these precious values.”