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Scott Hastings condemns abuse of Eddie Jones

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Scotland great Scott Hastings has moved quickly to condemn the physical and verbal abuse of England coach Eddie Jones at the hands of Scottish fans.

Jones has said he will no longer be using public transport after fearing for his safety on a rail trip from Edinburgh to Manchester on Sunday.

Magnanimous in the wake of his side’s Calcutta Cup defeat, video footage has also shown Jones posing with selfies before being turned on by fans, one of whom calls him a “baldy ****”.

The Aussie was on his way to Old Trafford to honour an invite from Sir Alex Ferguson at the time.

British Transport Police is investigating a further incident of verbal abuse against Jones as he continued his journey onto London.

In the aftermath, Jones blamed some pre-match comments from Hasting’s elder brother Gavin for stirring the pot.

Writing in a newspaper column, Hastings had said that Scotland would love nothing better than to “rub Jones’ face in the dirt.

Jones opined: "If you talk about hate and you talk about rubbing peoples' nose in the dirt, and all those sorts of things, it incites certain behaviours.

"Are they the behaviours we want to see?”

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Not shy of uttering the odd inflammatory comment himself, Jones added: “If you're in a position of responsibility you've got to be careful what you say,"

Alerted to the footage by former British and Irish Lion John Beattie, the younger Hastings tweeted: "I am really upset about this. These despicable idiots are a disgrace. We need to find them, name & shame them & fine them for public disorder & harassment."

The incident has led to widespread condemnation.

The Scottish Rugby Union has disowned the perpetrators, stating the “disgusting behaviour of those involved does not represent the values of our sport or its fans.”

Former England captain Will Carling agreed.

“However pathetic, this is not my experience of genuine Scottish rugby fans. Am sure Eddie knows that. Still F'ing annoying!!” he tweeted.

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