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Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors: The forlorn looking Sam Tomkins and Liam Farrell after the defeat at Warrington
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors: The forlorn looking Sam Tomkins and Liam Farrell after the defeat at Warrington
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I CAN’T make my mind up who were the more indisciplined at the Stobart Stadium on Friday night – Salford or a small minority of their foul-mouthed fans.

Both did their reputation no good whatsoever, and the club needs to address the issue as quickly as possible.

Okay, I accept they may have been frustrated by one of two decisions from referee Phil Bentham, and a lop-sided first-half penalty count, but cool heads should have been the order of the day.

The fans, in particular, didn’t emerge exactly smelling of roses, and were warned several times over the PA system about the uncouth language flowing from the West Stand, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears.

Stewards also found themselves involved in a couple of minor scuffles – and to make matters worse, there were more than the usual number of young people present.

Many boys and girls under seven were part of the St Helens Service Area set-up, who had been spreading the rugby league gospel at a series of summer camps, and as a special treat, had been invited to take part in a parade during the half-time interval.

Goodness know what they, their parents and guardians thought.

Salford fans should be ashamed.

n STILL on the subject of unacceptable behaviour, regular Reporter reader John Callon backs the views I expressed in last week’s edition concerning the V-sign which Wigan’s Sam Tomkins directed at the Leeds supporters following team-mate

Josh Charnley’s opening try in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

He says in an emaiI: “ I couldn’t agree more with your views regarding the childish gesture. Sportsmen have to realise they are role models for both children and adults and behave accordingly.”

My sentiments entirely.