Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland rugby club fined for abuse towards female ref

By Gareth Cross

Coleraine Rugby Club has been issued with a fine by Ulster Rugby after a female referee was subjected to verbal sexist abuse from its members at a match.

It has been reported that referee Grainne Crabtree, a former City of Derry player, was the subject of personal sexist abuse during the game.

Ulster Rugby issued the club with a fine following a match on March 10. The abuse came during a home game between Coleraine's First XV senior team against Dromore RFC in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championships. A spokesperson for Ulster Rugby said it was aware of the incident.

"This was referred to the IRFU (Ulster Branch) Disciplinary Committee and the club was sanctioned appropriately," he said.

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