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Police disappointed with drunk rugby fans

Last updated 10:03 17/06/2012



Christchurch police are "disappointed" with the drunk and disorderly behaviour of some fans during last night's All Black test match.

Senior Sergeant Scott Banfield, head of Christchurch's team policing unit, said five people were arrested and 16 people were evicted from the new AMI Stadium for alcohol-related disorder.

Police also attended a number of alcohol-related incidents in the stands during the match, including assaults and offensive language.

"It was silly little things, like some people sitting in the wrong seat, that sparked a fight. Maybe if people weren't intoxicated they would have dealt with it a bit more maturely.

About 28 people were turned away from the stadium before the game even began because they were "already heavily intoxicated", Banfield said.

"You're paying good money to see the game ... and they never even got into the game."

Most of the troublemakers were Irish supporters who "demonstrated they can't handle alcohol", he said.


"We've got our own drinking culture in New Zealand which we're trying to sort out and if that's a representation of what they do in their own country they've got big problems over there.

"I think they just have to understand .. if they're in Rome do as the Romans do. We don't drink to a point where we fall over so much in our country."

One of the arrested people included a naked woman who ran onto the field during half-time.

Some of the arrested people would receive pre-charge warnings, but the streaker was likely to be sent to the Christchurch District Court for disorderly behaviour, Banfield said.

Several people told stadium staff they had had enough of the offensive language and bad behaviour around  them and left before the game had finished.

"There was pretty poor behaviour out there. It's pretty sad when people say 'look we're out of here .. we've got kids and things and the language around here is terrible'."

"It was disappointing. Overall [it was] a fantastic game, a real test, but to have people's alcohol levels so high, it took a real shine off the game."

- The Press

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MBE   #131   03:25 am Jun 24 2012

what an amazing country!what an amazing rugby team! But hard to comprehend the defensive and negative attitude from elements in New Zealand towards Ireland over these few weeks.To have a team of that reputation and ability and still feel the need to boo kickers is so disrespectful and does nothing for the game of rugby or the reputation of New Zealand!

Colette_rugby_IRE   #130   03:07 pm Jun 19 2012

POT-KETTLE-BLACK. It is quite amusing that the focus seems to be on Irish fans when Kiwis more than give us a run for our money in the drinking stakes! I have been living in New Zealand since before the Rugby World Cup and it is Kiwis that I see every weekend drinking, fighting, puking and being arrested. No one seemed to have a problem during the RWC when the Irish spent their money drinking pubs dry and we were celebrated for keeping certain towns from financial ruin. We had so much banter with Kiwi fans during the RWC but I am beginning to think that is because we never played the All Blacks. One near miss against Ireland in rugby and suddenly we are portrayed as the problem. The vitriol that numerous Irish fans and I encountered at the matches from Kiwis, both sober and drunk, showed a distinct lack of sportsmanship. Some Kiwi fans were so drunk they started fights for no reason and threw bottles of beer at fans who were trying to sing. There was a complete lack of respect for the teams also such as booing at the kickers. Funny how people like Senior Sergeant Banfield seem happy to have Irish people help to rebuild their city but not to have them socialise there. A long hard look in the mirror is needed for all those who think that the Irish are the problem. Banfield - fix your own drinking issues before you comment on ours.

denni   #129   06:53 am Jun 19 2012

Why not put rugby tests and big matches back to 3 pm. It would solve a lot of problems.

Henry   #128   04:35 am Jun 19 2012

Both Kiwis and Irish were pathetic. Some of you guys at the game have to wake up and see you have a problem. If you took a look at yourselves in that condition, what you said and how you treated people around you - the lack of respect you showed towards children, elderly, women -- and just human beings -- is this really what you want your life to be?

Look at yourselves the way the rest of us look at you. You'll see a sorry and pathetic loser.

Niall   #127   12:26 am Jun 19 2012 Thats Irish fans SHUSHING the crowd for the haka..

Theres NZ fans booing sexton's kick at 10:09

Typical AB fans to be honest. Sore losers, ingracious winners and will do anything to win (see Brian O'Driscoll lions spear).

Irish fans are FAMOUSLY well behaved. Have a look at the Euros in Soccer. Theyre all well greased mind you, but no aggression or malice.

Backward hilbilly copper needs to be cited for making comments like that in a national publication.

DeasĂșn O'Murachu   #126   11:50 pm Jun 18 2012

I have nothing but respect for Kiwis, but I never realised you were a nation of racists. Woops, sorry, wait, that's a massive generalisation based on one persons comments in one article and does not represent your country as a whole. No it's only the author of these comments that's the racist.

Alex   #125   09:36 pm Jun 18 2012

What a pathetic article and symptomatic of a largely gutter press. Every NZ article surrounding the Ireland rugby team has to be inundated with cliche after cliche - 'pluck of the Irish', 'they'll be drinking Guinness tonight' etc etc blah blah blah.

This Sergeant Scott sounds like a man of the world alright.. I have never heard a police chief come out with such one-eyed garbage. 'When in Rome' - haha. He should be sacked. I suppose Zac Guildford got all his drinking habits from touring Ireland? I think the cops must have thrown out Irish fans because they were showing up Cantabrians in the supporter stakes on what was supposed to be their special day. ''They seem to be actually making noise, throw them out at once!''

Haley   #124   09:31 pm Jun 18 2012

To the Press and Stuff, If you'r going to go out of your way to sensastionalise a random thought at least make it more interesting with perhaps someone getting hit to the head with a Hurley stick or maybe a car bomb going off - I don't know what game you were watching, but I can tell by sitting through that freezing cold game that you didnt venture far enough off your sofa to get the real experience. Listen to your readers - Im embarrassed to be a Kiwi(thankyou) and Im glad I supported Ireland!

Dmo   #123   via mobile 09:23 pm Jun 18 2012

@barry #98: "All police are good for are writing tickets for people who drive 11km over the speed limit?" You disrespectful prick. You have no idea what the police go through to try make cities safer for everyone. You break the law, suffer the consequences you dick. 11km over is 11km OVER. As for the game, shit happens. It's rugby, there's drunk idiots everywhere. Suck it up, enjoy the game and stop being so soccer about the article. Kiwis or Irish, who cares, we all drink and watch rugby and there are always going to be some dicks who bring their friends to the party.

Grace   #122   08:22 pm Jun 18 2012

'...if that's a representation of what they do in their own country they've got big problems over there.' How dare a public servant of New Zealand comment on what goes on in any other country. So disgusted and disappointed by this article. As an Irish person living in New Zealand I will be putting my disgust in writing to the New Zealand police commissioner.

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