Catalans offer flag explanation

Catalans Dragons have offered a statement clarifying their position regarding accusations made by Castleford supporters who were attempting to fly the rainbow flag.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBTQ+ rights and some fans alleged they were asked to remove such flags from the stadium during the Tigers’ defeat to the Dragons in which Israel Folau made his debut, scoring a try.

“Catalans Dragons are happy to confirm that supporters flags are welcome in all the stands at Gilbert Brutus Stadium,” a statement read.

“We noted the complaints of certain Castleford supporters but, having reviewed the CCTV footage and numerous photos in the media, we can confirm that supporters were able to display their flags and colours throughout.

“However it is important that flags and banners do not cover advertising boards. Stadium security staff are briefed to ensure that advertising boards are kept clear throughout the game.

“The investigation found that one person was asked to remove a flag because it was covering an advertising board.

“The only banners and flags forbidden in our stadium and other sports stadia would be those which are insulting or inciting violence. We can confirm that no such incidents were reported on Saturday during our match against Castleford.”