Drunks make mock­ery of great Cardiff Test match

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THE Welsh Rugby Union are fac­ing re­newed calls for the clo­sure of bars dur­ing matches at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium fol­low­ing a flood of fresh com­plaints over drunken be­hav­iour.

Since the All Blacks match last Satur­day, so­cial me­dia has been awash with Welsh sup­port­ers vow­ing “never again” in protest at what they say makes a mock­ery of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. Beth Fisher, a for­mer Wales hockey in­ter­na­tional, went to the match with her dis­abled un­cle, Robin Hin­dle-Fisher.

“Quite frankly it’s put me off go­ing back to watch an­other match,’’ she told BBC Wales. “This was the most hor­ri­ble feel­ing I have ever had at any pub­lic event.”

A spec­ta­tor who wit­nessed the “ob­scene abuse” said he had writ­ten to WRU chair­man, Gareth Davies. Oth­ers have told of sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences at the sta­dium which one de­scribed as “the biggest pub in Bri­tain”.

Sally Owen watched the match with her fam­ily. “We watch club rugby week in, week out,” she tweeted. “We won’t be go­ing again. Most peo­ple around us were only there to get drunk. I lost count of how many times I had to get up to let peo­ple out. They weren’t in­ter­ested in watch­ing the game.

“Then when Wales scored some id­iot launched his pint and it landed all over our four-yearold. He ended up soak­ing and very up­set. It def­i­nitely is not a fam­ily day out.’’

Scores of oth­ers told of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents. Paul Good­man: “I saw peo­ple fight­ing in the seats with an OAP and child. The po­lice had to be called in.’’

David Berry: “Been go­ing for years. Never again. Drunks, foul-mouthed peo­ple con­stantly go­ing back and fro to the bar or toi­lets. WRU should ban alcohol from the seat­ing ar­eas.’’

Rho­dri: “I used to at­tend reg­u­larly. Con­stant drink­ing, foul lan­guage and poor sports­man­ship have led me to stay away.’’

Steve Duck­ett: “Some­one in front of me just got up as Leigh Half­penny lined up to kick. We were quite dis­il­lu­sioned to be hon­est.’’

Craig Price: “£90 for a ticket and £4 for a pint. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask.’’

And so on ad in­fini­tum although spe­cial men­tion has to be made of John Con­way if only to ac­knowl­edge a sense of hu­mour, no mat­ter how black: “Imag­ine how de­press­ing it would be to watch Wales play with­out alcohol to numb the pain.’’

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