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    Alfie stirs things up

    Gareth Thomas has offered an explanation for his actions at the Toulouse v Ulster calling, spitting, etc.

    Should be interesting the next time Cardiff Blues travel to Ravenhill then - e2329135.ece

    <h1>Rugby bust-up: were fans spitting?</h1>

    [Published: Monday 5, March 2007 - 08:42]

    By Claire McNeilly

    <div ="deck">

    A @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">disgraced@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-weight: bold;">(well we know what the BT thinks of Alfie now) @@@@/SPAN>Welsh rugby star has dramatically broken his silence on the
    altercation with Ulster fans that rocked the sport. In comments that are
    likely to enrage many Ulster supporters, Gareth Thomas said he was verbally
    abused during the Heineken Cup match in Toulouse, when Ireland forward
    Trevor Brennan punched Ulster spectator Patrick Bamford.


    Ulster fans have insisted that Brennan was not seriously provoked, only
    gently taunted about the pub he owns.

    Thomas was also involved in ugly scenes at the game and he claimed that he
    was provoked after Ulster fans hurled abuse and spat at him.

    And while his part in the fracas earned him a four-week suspension from the
    game, Brennan's fate still hangs in the balance.

    In an interview with a Sunday newspaper, Thomas said members of the crowd
    spat on him and called him names after Brennan carried out the alleged

    "We didn't know anything about it until Trevor came back to the dugout
    shaking and covered in beer," he said.

    "He told us he'd just gone into the crowd and was clearly upset. I was
    worried for him, so I walked down to the touchline to where the trouble had
    been. That's when they started having a go at me," Thomas told the Mail
    on Sunday.

    "I can take all the sheep noises and the name-calling, but it was when
    I got spat on that I reacted. All I did, though, was turn round to give them
    the finger." @@@@SPAN style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-weight: bold;">(white lie?, thought he also put foot on barrier)@@@@/SPAN>

    Thomas added that he regretted the incident, which threatens to end
    Brennan's career when he faces a disciplinary hearing on March 16.

    "It was a really horrible atmosphere and all I was trying to do was
    front up for my teammate," he said.

    Last night, Ulster Rugby chief executive Mike Reid said he hadn't seen the
    newspaper article and didn't wish to comment.

    Brennan has remained silent over the controversy as he awaits the outcome of
    the disciplinary process.


      Funny that he dosen't seem to have mentioned any of this during the ERC disiplinary meeting...


        The plot thickens.


          Originally posted by SkibRed
          The thick plots.  
          a more accurate assessment


            Dont want to seem overly stereotypical but this is sounding more and more like socder everyday!!
            If you even dream of beating me you\'d better wake up and apologize.
            Muhammad Ali



              Agreed Rob,

              No-one is coming out of this with credit.



                I am so depressed by the way this drags on and on with "revellation" after revellation. It just drags the sport down and doesn't do anything to help alfie's or brennan's case.

                Very poor form. If this were true he should have brought it up at the ERC.


                  PWR - you jest surely? Why would he bring it up at the ERC hearing, when he can try to have a trial by media instead?

                  Surely you understand that the Justice system as we know it is on the way out, and that newspapers are the new courts, with the likes of Murdoch and Dr Sir Anthony O'Reilly in the running for the Supreme Court nominations.

                  Do try to keep up!!![img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
                  Trust is good; control is better. V I Lenin.


                    Dont forget Joe Duffey, though hes more your district court i suppose.
                    Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined. &nb sp;Henry Ford



                      "gently taunted" - [img]smileys/mad.gif[/img]

                      Rights or wrongs of any case like this, FFS that's ráiméis of the highest order. Paying the price of your ticket doesn't entitle you to taunt anyone, as far as I'm concerned. Gowls.
                      For you stole Trevelyan\'s watch, So the young might see....oh, never mind....


                        17 pages [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]


                          You're just not ambitious at all, Point. I predict 317 [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                          For you stole Trevelyan\'s watch, So the young might see....oh, never mind....