Israel Folau (left) made his debut for Catalans Dragons against Castleford

Catalans Dragons say one fan was asked to move a rainbow flag during their match against Castleford Tigers because it covered an advertising hoarding.

But two women said they were told to remove similar flags – a symbol of LGBT pride – “on health and safety grounds”.

The incident came as Israel Folau made his debut for Catalans on Saturday.

“Stadium security staff are briefed to ensure that advertising boards are kept clear throughout the game,” the French club said in a statement.