Catalans Dragons: RFL issues advisory notice to club over flag rules

Israel Folau, was making his debut for Catalans Dragons against Castleford

The Rugby Football League has issued Catalans Dragons with an advisory notice after the club asked a fan to remove a rainbow flag during a game.

The incident occurred in a Super League game against Castleford on 15 February.

Catalans say the request was made because the flag covered an advertising hoarding at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The French club has been advised to improve provisions “to prevent any future confusion around policies relating to any flags at the stadium”.

No formal disciplinary action has been taken against the Dragons.

Former dual-code Australia international Israel Folau was making his debut for the Perpignan-based outfit during the match against the Tigers.

It was his first competitive appearance since the 30-year-old utility back was sacked by Rugby Australia in May 2019 for posting homophobic comments on social media.

The RFL investigated the matter, with full co-operation from Catalans, and found “sufficient footage” which showed two supporters had been permitted to bring rainbow flags – a symbol of LGBT pride – into the ground and to wave them during the game.

The RFL has also asked Catalans to give clear messages to stewards about the club’s policy on flags, and the club’s and the sport’s commitment to inclusivity.

This includes the Enjoy the Game campaign