Any “thugs” found to have been involved in trouble at the end of Salford’s win at Huddersfield will be dealt with, according to club owner Marwan Koukash.
And many Salford fans have taken to social media urging people to name and shame those responsible.
Shortly after the Red Devils had beaten the Giants 26-24, photographs emerged on social media of some of Salford’s players becoming embroiled in ugly scenes with some of their own supporters in the away end of the John Smith’s Stadium.
Pictures on Twitter showed winger Justin Carney and centre Junior S’au involved in heated exchanges, with one particular photo showing New Zealander S’au appearing to restrain a fan on the ground.
Reports suggested the two players in particular were concerned for the welfare of their families who were sitting close to where an alleged incident of crowd trouble had taken place, and as such went into the stands to check on them, leading to further scenes of confrontation.
Salford reacted swiftly to the incident and owner Koukash has pledged to get to the bottom of what went on.
He said in a statement: “I want to apologise to the Huddersfield Giants and to all the decent fans at the game.
“We will work closely with the Giants and the RFL in our investigation and this minority of thugs responsible will be identified and dealt with by the club in the coming days. There is no place in Rugby League for them.”
The Rugby Football League is also to start its own investigation. Salford could face a hefty fine as Widnes and Wakefield have both been fined £20,000 recently due to the actions of their fans.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “We will conduct a full investigation into the events that took place in the away section of the crowd at the game between Huddersfield and Salford.
“We do not condone violence of any kind and will ensure that anyone found to have acted improperly is dealt with accordingly.”
One fan set off a bright red flare during the match.At the end of the game a young fan ran on to the pitch and was hauled away by stewards before more trouble broke out as Salford players went to thank their fans.
Giants’ player Eorl Crabtree said: “It was a bit of a strange one really because you could see all the stewards in the corner with loads of Salford fans - the Huddersfield fans were nowhere near.
“The disappointing thing then was to see players getting involved, but the reason these players were getting involved was because their families were there - their children were there.
“Greg Brown’s (the former Giants fitness coach now with Salford) wife was in the corner with their children and they were right in the mix of it, so you can understand the players just trying to do their best to protect their families.
“It’s a sad state of affairs but it’s isolated. You don’t see this sort of thing often, which is the beauty of our game.
“But it has to be addressed and everyone is working together to do that, which is great. That’s what it’s about, getting together as a sport and ruling this out.”
Salford fans condemned the trouble at Huddersfield.
Many took to social media to call for genuine fans to name the troublemakers.
bandgeekmafia78 said: “I wasn’t too far away from the fighting but couldn’t figure out what caused it. Carney came over to pick up a little girl and move her away from the middle of a tense crowd. Whoever they were, they need the book thrown at them. We just got ourselves 2 points in a really hard fought win, and then proceed to let ourselves down.”
TheButcher said: “There’s always been a small minority of numnuts that turn up at Salford every now and again ever since I started watching as a kid. They are not fans of the Club, just casual idiots who turn up, mess things up for us then disappear again.”
SaleSlim said: I’ve seen many “incidents” over the years involving casual fans and today’s events don’t actually surprise me. We actually have a small group of ST holders that regularly push the line and as much as it pains me to say, something like this is always bubbling under.Whoever is responsible needs banning big time as that sort of behaviour isn’t acceptable anywhere, never mind a rugby league ground. Anyone who is associated with these idiots needs to name and shame as this needs stamping out.”
scosha said: “Well done to the cretinous, knuckle dragging minority who managed to take the shine off a great Salford win against what was a pretty poor Giants side!!