Linesman Nick Beashel hit the deck attempting to avoid a flying bottle. Photo: Channel Nine newsCanterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was forced to make an official apology on behalf of the club after several fans were escorted from ANZ Stadium for throwing bottles at the match officials.
Hasler made the apology at the press conference just moments after fans expressed their anger over the penalty decision that cost their side victory against South Sydney on Friday afternoon.
“I just want to offer an apology on behalf of the club,” Hasler said. “I’ve been to see the refereeing official who was I think struck by a projectile – he’s ok but that is not us, that is not what this club is about and it’s not what sport in this country is about. Unfortunately the behaviour of a few can kind of ruin it and spoil it for everybody.
“I know there is going to be comment, I know there will be a lot of social comment but you people with the pen need to be also responsible in the way you write about it and the way you report on it. Again that is not what this club is about and again on behalf of all the officials and the players and everybody involved with the club, our sincerest apologies for what appeared and it won’t happen again.”
Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle, who was in the club’s supporter group at the time, said the club wouldn’t stand for such behaviour and would inspect footage to determine the culprits and hand out punishments.
Even though we lost it is unacceptable for fans to throw bottles!! We will work to find the culprits! @NRL_Bulldogs#proudtobeabulldog
— Raelene Castle (@raelenecastle) April 3, 2015[View the story “FairfaxNSWnorth/nrl-fans” on Storify]