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Cardiff Rugby statement: Alleged incident in pub

By Ian Cameron
Cardiff Arms Park /PA

Cardiff Rugby have confirmed that they are investigating allegations relating to an ‘apalling’ incident in a city centre pub which involved a number of their players.

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Cardiff were beaten 31-18 by South African URC rivals the Lions at the Arms Park on Friday night but hit the town 24 hours later as part of a team social.

It has been alleged that the were angry exchanges between a number of Cardiff players and members of staff at The Grange on Penarth Road in the city. According to a member of staff who posted on Reddit the players in question caused ‘chaos’ at the premises.

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It has also been claimed online that the players were ejected from the pub but not before some of their number bizarrely threw eggs on the floors and tables of the watering hole.

Wales Online journalist Matthew Southcombe wrote on Twitter: “Cardiff Rugby will meet with the management of a city centre pub tomorrow to ascertain the facts of an alleged incident that is said to have taken place last night. A now-deleted post on Reddit claims some players engaged in ‘appalling’ behaviour and were asked to leave. Cardiff say ‘appropriate action will be taken should the allegations be confirmed’.

Cardiff Rugby have addressed the claims and released the following statement:

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“Cardiff Rugby are aware of an alleged incident that took place in a city centre pub on Saturday evening (October 1).

“The club have made contact with the pub in question and a meeting will be held tomorrow (Monday, October 3) with Cardiff Rugby representatives and the pub’s management in attendance to ascertain the full facts.

“Cardiff Rugby does not condone the alleged behaviour and the appropriate action will be taken should the allegations be confirmed.

“No further comments will be made at this time.”

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After beating Munster in Round 1, Cardiff have now lost two on the trot as Dai Young looks to steer the side back into the top half of the URC table after a difficult season last time out.

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