NRL Probes Alleged Bottle-Throwing Incident at CommBank Stadium

The NRL is investigating an incident where a spectator allegedly threw a bottle at a touch judge during a Broncos-Eels match. The league is urging fans to behave ahead of Magic Round, emphasizing a safe and respectful environment for all attendees.

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NRL Probes Alleged Bottle-Throwing Incident at CommBank Stadium

NRL Probes Alleged Bottle-Throwing Incident at CommBank Stadium

The National Rugby League (NRL) is investigating an incident where a spectator allegedly threw an object at touch judge Matt Noyen during the Broncos' 20-14 win over the Eels at CommBank Stadium on Friday night. The incident occurred in the 58th minute of the game when Broncos centre Selwyn Cobbo scored at the southern end of the ground.

Vision captured by Nine cameras shows the fan, dressed in black, hurling what appears to be a bottle towards Noyen. Referee Gerard Sutton informed the NRL Bunker that Noyen had narrowly avoided being hit by the object. The NRL ground manager is studying all available CCTV footage, and a spokesperson for Venues NSW confirmed they are conducting inquiries.

This incident comes less than a month after two off-duty police officers were banned from attending Allianz Stadium, Accor Stadium, and CommBank Stadium for throwing a projectile at referee Ashley Klein on April 18. The NRL is emphasizing the importance of a positive and respectful environment for fans. NRL CEO Andrew Abdo stated, "Attending a rugby league match is a weekly highlight for fans and families. We want a positive, welcoming and respectful environment for everyone. Anti-social behaviour at NRL matches will not be tolerated."

The incident also follows a similar incident in Italy, where world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was hit in the head by a bottle that accidentally fell from the crowd during a match. Over 130,000 fans are expected to attend Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium across three days this weekend, and the NRL is urging fans to be on their best behaviour.

As the NRL continues its investigation into the alleged bottle-throwing incident at CommBank Stadium, the league remains committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans attending matches. With Magic Round set to draw large crowds this weekend, the NRL's message is clear: anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated as the sport aims to create a welcoming environment for fans and families alike.

Key Takeaways

  • NRL investigates incident where spectator allegedly threw object at touch judge.
  • Incident occurred during Broncos-Eels game at CommBank Stadium on Friday.
  • NRL emphasizes importance of positive, respectful environment for fans.
  • Anti-social behaviour at NRL matches will not be tolerated, says CEO Andrew Abdo.
  • NRL urges fans to behave during Magic Round, expecting 130,000 attendees.