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Francis Meli is nearly hit by a beer bottle thrown from the crowd as he is tackled by Hull KR's Kris Welham during the Carnegie Cup Quarter Final match at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes
Francis Meli is nearly hit by a beer bottle thrown from the crowd as he is tackled by Hull KR's Kris Welham during the Carnegie Cup Quarter Final match at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes

THIS is the sickening moment a mindless yob hurled a beer bottle at Francis Meli during Saints’ cup win over Hull KR.

The missile was tossed from the West Stand, where the vast majority of the 1,600-strong Hull KR fans were housed, and aimed in the direction of Meli at the moment he was denied a try by a last-ditch tackle from fellow centre Kris Welham.

The unsavoury incident marred what was an otherwise outstanding occasion for Saints at the Stobart Stadium, as they booked their place in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final.

Saints want to hear from witnesses, but are stressing the majority of Robins fans were impeccably behaved.

“We would like to hear from supporters of either club who witnessed the incident and can pinpoint the row, or even the seat number, where the bottle was throw from,” said a club spokesman.

“This was the act of a mindless individual, which could have resulted in a player or players suffering a serious injury and cannot be condoned.

“We have submitted a report to the Rugby Football League along, with the match commissioner, and it will be up to the powers-that-be to deal with the matter and take the appropriate action.”

The incident occurred just before half-time with Saints leading 20-6.

It led to police patrolling in front of the visiting fans for the remainder of the tie.

A spokesperson for the RFL said: “We view incidents of this nature very seriously, and will study all reports carefully.”

TICKETS for the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final clash between Saints and Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday, August 6, went on sale yesterday (Tuesday) to season pass holders only.

Season ticket holders will also be able to claim their tickets today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday), from the club’s town centre outlet (9am to 7pm).

Any remaining will go on general sale on Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The allocation in all cases will be one ticket per person.

Prices are: £28, £22 and £20 (£14, £11 and £10 concessions).

Saints have been allocated the West Terrace and part of the North Stand.