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Glasgow fans' etiquette called into question after distasteful booing

A number of Irish supporters were left unhappy with Glasgow fans after the Pro14 final, even after Leinster squeezed a tight 18-15 win over the Warriors at Celtic Park.

Glasgow fans were referred to as ‘thugs’ for their lack of respect for the goal kicker, booing Jonathan Sexton as he lined up kicks in the sleeting rain. The fans were told to ‘grow up’ for their ‘disgusting’ behaviour by Irish supporters.

A record 47,128 fans, many supporting the home side piled into Celtic Park for a historic day in the Pro14 in Glasgow, giving the Warriors a distinct supporters advantage which they used to pressure Leinster’s kicker.

Booing the kicker in rugby is a contentious issue that seems to be a cultural difference depending on what part of the world you are from. Irish crowds are notoriously known for providing absolute silence for all kickers, whilst other countries are far less accommodating.

One of the more publicised accounts of perennial booing in recent times was New Zealand fans treatment of Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper, who was booed every time he touched the ball in New Zealand after multiple run-ins with local hero Richie McCaw. The treatment lasted for years and only really stopped once Cooper was no longer picked for the Wallabies.

Glasgow’s fans were ultimately left disappointed as Leinster captured another Pro14 title on the day.

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Glasgow fans' etiquette called into question after distasteful booing