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Roosters beat Bulldogs as fans brawl

26/03/2004 11:18:47 PM Comments (0)

Captain Steve Price called for calm from Bulldogs supporters as the National Rugby League club once again found itself at the centre of a storm, this time involving its fans.

The embattled club - already involved in a high-profile sex scandal - was thrashed 35-0 at Aussie Stadium but the drama off the pitch overshadowed an eye-catching performance on it from the Sydney Roosters.

Tension boiled over in the stands as fights broke out and referee Tim Mander was forced to temporarily halt the match in the second half as water bottles were thrown on the ground.

A spokesman for the SCG Trust later confirmed eight spectators had been thrown out of the ground and one could be charged with assault, prompting NRL chief executive David Gallop to warn the league had the ability to ban supporters for life.

Price also weighed into the issue, calling on the club's supporters to keep their emotions in check.

"Obviously it's a tough time for everybody in the sport at the moment and that's the last thing we need," Price said.

"It certainly doesn't make it any better for anybody. While it is tough I suppose you have to be tough. You just can't have that type of thing happening."

The Bulldogs came into the match on the back of five weeks of controversy, with the club reeling from events at Coffs Harbour last month, where a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by up to six players.

The club has also had to deal with a drug allegation against star forward Willie Mason, although the Test forward denies ever testing positive for any substance.

"I have spoken a bit in the last few weeks about people in the game's responsibility and that extends to our fans, particularly at the moment," Gallop said.

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