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Munster call on fans to show respect in wake of jeers for Keatley

The province have released a statement to promote “sportsmanship and positive participation”.

Munster fly-half  Ian Keatley
Munster fly-half Ian Keatley

MUNSTER HAVE URGED their supporters to show respect after they turned on Ian Keatley during the European Rugby Champions Cup defeat to Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

Fly-half Keatley was booed at Thomond Park as the Tigers secured a 31-19 victory in front of a crowd 22,261 to make it three Pool Four wins out of three.

Munster have now lost their last three games and the club issued a statement calling on fans to back the side as they strive for an upturn in fortunes.

The statement said: “In promoting sportsmanship and positive participation we would like to highlight the below for our supporters and visitors attending matches in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.

“R – Respect for both teams, officials and stadium staff. Please remember it is a family occasion, we encourage a vocal crowd and sporting behaviour.

“E – Enjoy the game. We want everyone attending Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park to enjoy the experience and feel safe.

“S – Silence for the kicker. We encourage our fans and opposition supporters to uphold the tradition of remaining silent for all kickers when taking shots at goal.

“P – Participate in the overall match-day experience. Please be vocal in your support, wear your team colours and continue to be upstanding in showing your support on match-day.

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“E – Educate and welcome younger supporters. It is a family occasion and we want our younger supporters to enjoy memorable moments and become life-long members of the club, show them how to support rugby positively, leading by example.

“C – Call out those around you who display unsporting behaviour. We have stewards positioned around the stadium in the terraces and stands, and we ask that you consult them for any issues that may arise.

“T - Traditions to be recognised. Please continue to uphold our traditions and values as a club.”

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