• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: In France, eight thousand spectators witnessed one of the shortest French Rugby League finals on record on Sunday (17 May) when the match between the Catalan club Perpignan and Villeneuve turned into a brawl after five minutes.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Play with Villeneuve team (in white) attacking
    0.24

    2.
    GV Perpignan player (in green shirt) lying injured, being treated by doctor PAN TO other Perpignan players
    0.29

    3.
    CUTAWAY Crowd
    0.30

    4.
    GV Fighting starts, with Perpignan players attacking Villeneuve team, who hit back
    0.58

    5.
    GV Perpignan players walking from field after game abandoned
    1.07




    Initials BB



    SPORT: RUGBY LEAGUE

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: In France, eight thousand spectators witnessed one of the shortest French Rugby League finals on record on Sunday (17 May) when the match between the Catalan club Perpignan and Villeneuve turned into a brawl after five minutes. It was the climax of a weekend of wrangles between Rugby League President Rene Mauries and the Perpignan team which had refused to play in the final unless two of its players who had been banned for foul play during the semi-final were allowed to be included. M. Mauries finally gave way and permitted the players to compete in the final, but was subjected to a barrage of missiles and vocal abuse from Villeneuve supporters as he arrived for the match, and he later submitted his resignation.

    SYNOPSIS: The game began ten minutes late after the referee Mr. Cattaneo had made a personal protest at the behaviour of the Villeneuve supporters in the crowd. But eventually it got underway with the Villeneuve side in the white strip on the attack.

    Villeneuve weas leading two-nil when one of its players was knocked out in a tackle.

    Then the trouble began. Players from both sides ignored the ball and started attacking each other. The game lapsed in the chaos with the referee trying in vain to restore control.

    Two of the Villeneuve players were seriously injured in the brawl and after order had been restored the Villeneuve team refused to resume play in its depleted form.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA36JO5J2TL9AMP81HKY93XI6VB
    Media URN:
    VLVA36JO5J2TL9AMP81HKY93XI6VB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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