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Club Statement – Fryston Warriors

Keighley Cougars have issued the following statement following incidents at yesterday’s game against Fryston Warriors.

The club has today recieved official confirmation from the RFL that an investigation is taking place into the brawl that marred an otherwise enthralling cup tie.

Emmerson Whittel sustained a broken jaw and we believe as a club that the way he was man handled by numerous Fryston players is not in the spirit of the game.

The club have also requested that the ear bite on Josh Lynam is reviewed thoroughly by the RFL.

Finally, the club have also lodged a formal complaint in regards to the manner our players and staff were treated upon arrival.

Both the 19 man squad and members of the backroom staff were refused entry by Fryston Officials into the ground without a valid match day ticket.

The players allocation of family and friends tickets was then claimed to have been used to admit the playing squad and coaching staff into the ground.

The club is outraged by this development and will now not make any further statements as we await a full report from the RFL.


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6 Responses

  1. Jane rowen says:

    Nothing changed at post office road since the 60s then . still the violence from supported that I have read about on another post

  2. Paul Buckley says:

    Sadly as I had not been able to find a seat I was stood on the terrace below the old stand exactly where the brawl took place. The Fryston player who initiated the events struck first pushing and punching, inevitability the Cougars player defended himself. The crowd around me bayed for blood as the other Fryston players ran in and in numbers proceeds to assault him (in a cowardly manner). They shipped out their phones to record the disgraceful scenes. Had the events occurred outside the stadium I feel sure court proceedings would follow. I suspect that the louts will not offer their footage to KCRLFC but didn’t hesitate to replay it to themselves and publish it on Snapchat (whatever that is).
    What a contrast to the game against Wath Brow Hornets who played 80 minutes proper rugby league against us despite being quite heavily defeated.

  3. rfl to investigate! looks like we will be banned from the competition, but if you try to hit someone in the mouth with your ear or use your jaw to try and break the fists of six brave hero’s, you deserve all you get

  4. Tony Wilson says:

    The actions of the Fryston players was totally disgusting. It was obvious that they were out to intimidate the Keighley players. It was almost like a hunting pack mentality when they were assaulting Dixon and Whittel.
    This also begs the question how many people per team are allowed on the bench/touchline as the excessive number on the Fryston (bench)seemed to add to the mayhem.

    • Paul Buckley says:

      Tony is correct, being slightly OCD I am a compulsive counter and I had 17 in the Fryston technical area. Probably acceptable on a wintery Pennine park but not a 3rd found Challenge Cup tie. I was pleased to see Tiger reading the riot act to the Fryston players after the brawl and telling them to just play effing rugby.

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