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Three Men Who Verbally Abused Eddie Jones Have Been Fined

Three Scottish men, who verbally abused Eddie Jones in the aftermath of England’s Calcutta Cup loss to Scotland during this year’s Six Nations have been fined by a Manchester Magistrates Court. 

Three men, Richie Cleeton, 22, Connor Inglis, 25, and Brett Grant, 23, all from Edinburgh pleaded guilty to a public order offence of using threatening abusive words and behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

“What about last night, you baldy c***” and a “f****** baldy c***” were the two phrases which were repeatedly hurled at Jones as he was getting into a car outside a train station in Manchester after travelling via rail from Edinburgh.

Chair of the bench Joe Bangudu said: “This was a short-lived but disgraceful incident.

“Your language, although described by your defence as industrial, we think was vile and therefore unacceptable directed to anybody. The location where you chose to display your drunken behaviour was in a public vicinity, with not just Mr Jones in that proximity. There could have been kids that could have been affected by your behaviour.

“No-one should ever have to put up with such language and behaviour.

“We have not seen any sort of remorse by you. That is a concern.”

Cleeton, of Carrick Knowe Avenue, was fined £120, Inglis, of Cornhill Terrace, received a fine of £105 and Grant, of Drum Crescent, was given a financial penalty of £140.

All three were also ordered to pay court costs of £115 each.

Jones said after the incident:

“For me to travel on public transport, I thought was ok. But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that.”

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