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Eddie Jone's railway station abusers have learned their...


Eddie Jone's railway station abusers have learned their fate

The three men who verbally abused Eddie Jones outside a railway station in Manchester following England’s loss to Scotland in the Six Nations have appeared in court today.

All three men pleaded guilty to public order charges at the court the BBC are reporting.

Richie Cleeton (22), Connor Inglis (25), and Brett Grant (23), all pleaded guilty to using threatening abusive words and behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

The three men – from Edinburgh – were fined for their behaviour on the 25th of February, which was described in court as “vile”.

Video footage of the men abusing Mr Jones (58) went viral on the internet the day after Scotland beat England 25-13 in the Six Nations.

Reacting at the time, 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,” said Jones. “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.

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“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.”

Asked whether he was surprised by the incident, Jones added: “Massively, but that’s the world we live in.

“I don’t want to get into it, guys. I don’t want to make a big deal about it. It’s over and done with. We march on – we’ve got a game against France.”

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