Men fined for hurling insults at Eddie Jones

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Three men have been fined for shouting abuse at Eddie Jones, the England rugby coach, after Scotland's Calcutta Cup victory.

They hurled foul-mouthed taunts at Mr Jones, 58, in Manchester on 25 February, the day after Scotland beat England 25-13 in the Six Nations.

Richie Cleeton, 22, Connor Inglis, 25, and Brett Grant, 23, from Edinburgh, all pleaded guilty to a public order offence of using threatening abusive words and behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, The Telegraph reported.

Sentencing the trio at Manchester Magistrates' Court, chair of the bench Joe Bangudu said: "This was a short-lived but disgraceful incident".

Footage posted online showed the group approaching Jones, 58, for a photograph on February 25 as he left Oxford Road railway station in Manchester to catch a waiting vehicle before the atmosphere turned sour.

"What about last night, you baldy c***" and a "f****** baldy c***" were the two phrases which were repeatedly hurled at Jones as he was getting into a auto outside a train station in Manchester after travelling via rail from Edinburgh.

The court heard Grant prolonged the incident by opening the auto door once Mr Jones was inside. No-one should ever have to put up with such language and behaviour.

"Your language, although described by your defence as industrial, we think was vile and therefore unacceptable directed to anybody".

Cleeton was fined £120 (NZ$235), Inglis received a fine of £105 ($205) and Grant was given a financial penalty of £140 ($275).

All three were also ordered to pay court costs of £115 each.

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