Three Scottish rugby fans have been fined for verbally abusing England rugby coach Eddie Jones at a railway station following defeat in the Six Nations.
Back in February, the day after Scotland surprised the rugby world by defeating England 25-13, Jones was then verbally attacked in Manchester.
Richie Cleeton, 22, Connor Inglis, 25, and Brett Grant, 23, all pleaded guilty this week to a public order offence at Manchester Magistrates' Court, as the chairman of their bench Joe Bangudu described their language as "vile."
At first, when Jones was exiting Manchester Oxford Road railway station, the three abusers were asking for a photo before they suddenly turned aggressive towards the Australian coach.
After the incident, Jones said: “I try and do the right thing by the fans but if that happens then you’ve got to have a look at your own safety.
“I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I’m racing to somewhere. I did a lot.
For me to travel on public transport, I thought was OK. I’m a human being. I don’t consider myself any different from anyone else. But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that. I can’t, because it was shown on Sunday what happens when I do.
“That’s the world we live in. It wasn’t comfortable. It was a bit of both [physical and verbal]. After a loss, no I wouldn’t [catch a train again]. It’s part of the challenge.
“When I came to England, I knew there were going to be challenges. As an Australian coaching England, there were always going to be challenges and that’s just one of them."
According to the BBC, the trio finally faced their punishment this week for their actions as they were all fined between £105 and £140 as well as receiving a £115 court charge after admitting to using threatening abusive words and behaviour, or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
A fourth man who was involved in the incident, Dale Cleeton, pleaded not guilty and will therefore go on trial in August.
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