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Scotland great Scott Hastings slams fans' abuse of Eddie Jones

 

By Duncan Bech

Scotland great Scott Hastings has demanded that the fans who directed verbal and physical abuse at Eddie Jones are convicted.

Jones revealed on Wednesday that he feared for his safety while catching a train from Edinburgh to Manchester on the morning after England's Calcutta Cup defeat at Murrayfield.

The Australian travelled alone to be a guest of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford on Sunday, before receiving similar treatment at the hands of football fans on the final leg of his journey from Manchester to London.

Video footage shot in Manchester shows Jones posing for selfies with Scotland supporters, who then turn on him. One calls him a "baldy ****" as he is ushered into a car.

Following a separate incident, British Transport Police are investigating a report of verbal abuse against Jones after officers were sent to meet his train as it arrived into London Euston on Sunday evening.

"I am really upset about this. These despicable idiots are a disgrace. We need to find them, name and shame them and fine them for public disorder and harassment," Hastings tweeted.

"Disgusting behaviour from a bunch of drunk idiots."

Scottish Rugby offered strong condemnation, while former British and Irish Lion John Beattie has apologised to Jones, tweeting "so sorry".

"Scottish Rugby is appalled by the verbal abuse suffered by Eddie Jones," a statement read. "The disgusting behaviour does not represent the values of our sport or fans."

Jones said: "I don't consider myself any different from anyone else, so for me to travel on public transport I thought was okay. But I won't in future.

"I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I'm racing to somewhere. But if this happens then you've got to have a look at your own safety."

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