Eddie's abusers to appear in court

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:21
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Four men have been summonsed to appear in court after England rugby coach Eddie Jones was subject to a barrage of foul-mouthed abuse following his side's Six Nations defeat to Scotland.

A group of men asked to have a photograph taken with the 58-year-old at a Manchester railway station on February 25.

But footage released online showed the atmosphere turned sour, with the men, two of whom could be seen with drinks in their hands, taunting Jones about Scotland's 25-13 Calcutta Cup win over England the previous day.

One of the men shouted an expletive as the Australian got into a waiting car and opened the car door so the group could continue shouting abuse.

On Tuesday, British Transport Police said four men from Scotland had been summonsed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on May 16.

They were reported for an alleged public order offence.

In the aftermath of the incident, Jones questioned whether he’d take public transport again.

"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.

"When I came to England, I knew there were going to be challenged. 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,"

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