Rugby: ERC ask Edinburgh and Toulouse to explain abuse claims

Heineken CUP organisers ERC have confirmed they have launched an investigation into claims that Edinburgh supporters insulted Toulouse players and coaches at the end of Saturday’s quarter-final clash at Murrrayfield.

As revealed in yesterday’s Evening News, the allegations are that Toulouse players Yoann Maestri and Census Johnston were verbally abused by individuals in the spectator standing area in front of the West Stand.

A statement issued by ERC said: “Following reported incidents during the Edinburgh Rugby v Toulouse Heineken Cup quarter-final ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O’Connor, will contact both clubs to request full details of what occurred. He will then review the information provided by the clubs before determining whether any further action is warranted.”

The suggestion that the Toulouse players were barracked appears to be at odds with the comments from their coach Guy Noves. In the wake of the encounter played in front of 37,881 spectators, he said: “I thought it was a great atmosphere.

“The supporters were backing their team and it was all very good-natured. There was a lot of shouting but it was all done with a smile.

“The Scots were real supporters and they really got behind their team.”