News England’s Rugby World Cup 30-24 quarter-final win over Fiji is marred by fans FIGHTING in the Stade Velodrome stands – with several supporters ‘ejected’ after brawl in Marseille
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England’s Rugby World Cup 30-24 quarter-final win over Fiji was marred by fans fighting in the stands.
Several supporters – some dressed as Napoleon – were involved in the brawl at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Rugby podcast The Factual, The Bad & The Rugby posted video of the brawl on X with the caption: ‘Unsavoury scenes at Stade Velodrome as several England fans are removed for fighting.’
The video showed several fans fighting in the stands ahead of Sunday’s match.
During the brawl one fan was flung head-first into female spectators below.
England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Fiji was marred by fighting in the stands
During the brawl one supporter was flung head-first into female spectators below
Several supporters – some dressed as Napoleon – were involved in the brawl
The video showed several fans fighting in the stands ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final match
The violence was condemned by other fans.
One fan said: ‘Imposters. Rugby fans don’t behave this way.’
Another added: ‘Jeez! They’re behaving care for soccer hooligans.’
And a third said: ‘Admiral Benbow’s has gone down with the ship there. Man overboard too.’
On the pitch, Owen Farrell suggested England into the semi-finals of the World Cup after Steve Borthwick’s aspect faced down a Fiji fightback.
England appeared to be cruising into the next round when they led 24-10 heading into the final quarter thanks to tries by Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant and Farrell’s pinpoint kicking at Stade Velodrome.
But their foundations shook when Peni Ravai went over in the Sixty fifth minute and a nerve-jangling finish beckoned as Vilimoni Botitu crossed to level the rating soon after.
Farrell landed a tumble-goal to usher in the unbearably stressful closing minutes and with Fiji throwing the kitchen sink at them, they picked off a unfastened pass and sped downfield via Joe Marchant.
Farrell landed his fifth penalty and regardless of one final assault from the Islanders, the white wall held firm to steady a semi-final against either France or South Africa.
England beat Fiji 30-24 to development to the Rugby World cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon
Captain Owen Farrell was one of England’s stars as he kicked 20 points against Fiji