Four men summonsed over verbal abuse directed at England rugby coach Eddie Jones

British Transport Police said four men in their 20s – three from Edinburgh and another from South Queensferry – had been summonsed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 16 May.

They were reported for a Section 5 offence under the Public Order Act.

Jones had arrived at Manchester Oxford Road station from Edinburgh on 25 February, the morning after England had been beaten 25-13 by Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.

The 58-year-old Australian, who had travelled alone, was approached by a group of men who asked to have their photo taken with him.

But video of the incident released online showed the men then began taunting Jones about England’s Calcutta Cup defeat the day before.

One of the Scotland supporters shouted “what about last night you baldy c***” as the Australian got into a waiting car, and, as the vehicle prepared to leave, opened the door to shout further abuse.

After the incident, Jones vowed to avoid using public transport in the future.

“I’m a human being,” Jones said at the time. “I don’t consider myself any different from anyone else, so for me to travel on public transport I thought was okay. But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that.”

Asked whether the abuse was physical or verbal, Jones replied: “A bit of both…that’s the world we live in. I was massively surprised. It wasn’t comfortable.”


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