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Appeal over crowd trouble at Salford's Million Pound Game

Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for more information on the crowd trouble that marred Salford's Million Pound Rugby League Game at the weekend.

Two men were arrested in the aftermath of Salford's dramatic 19-18 victory over Hull KR at Craven Park which ensured they remain in Super League at the expense of their hosts.

Fans had to be cleared from the pitch at the end of 80 minutes to allow extra time to be played and stewards and police officers had to intervene to break up violent clashes between rival fans following another invasion after the final whistle.

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Police made one arrest amid the ugly scenes, while a second man was arrested on suspicion of assault following a further altercation close to the Wolseley Medical Centre near the Lightstream Stadium.

"Officers quickly dealt with the disorder following the match, bringing the incident to an end within minutes.

"Violence and disorder will not be tolerated and arrests have already been made in connection with the incident.

"However, we would also appeal for anyone with information about the identities of those involved to get in touch."

– Superintendent Tracey Bradley
Salford Red Devils' owner Marwan Koukash during the Million Pound Game Credit: : Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Salford owner Marwan Koukash played down the seriousness of the trouble in Hull:

"I ran onto the pitch myself.

"I wouldn't say I had the right to either, but I was standing with our bench.

"I saw bits and pieces of what happened but I was engulfed by fans who were celebrating our victory.

"The fans were wrong to run on but emotions were running quite high on both sides, I don't think Salford fans were the ones that started the fight. They had no reason to want to fight.

"I don't condone the actions of the fans running onto the field but it was an exciting finish to a rugby game and let's celebrate that."

– Marwan Koukash

The incident comes as Salford wait to discover their punishment for crowd trouble at the end of their Super League match at Huddersfield on Easter Monday.

"Games with so much at stake often mean emotions run high, but that does not excuse the minority of fans who behaved unacceptably following the final whistle.

"The RFL will conduct a full investigation into these incidents and will work with the police and club involved to ensure anyone found to have acted violently is dealt with appropriately and also banned with immediate effect."

– RFL Chief Executive, Nigel Wood

Marwan Koukash clears up his future at Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils' owner Marwan Koukash has cleared up uncertainty surrounding his future at the club. Speaking to ITV Granada Reports he said he will not walk away, even if Salford are relegated from the Super League.

The Red Devils need to win against Batley Bulldogs in their final game of the Qualifiers to guarantee themselves a place in the Million Pound Game with either Huddersfield or Hull KR.

The millionaire racehorse owner today clarified his position saying that if they fail to secure a place in the Super League next year he will remain at the club.



Super 8s Preview: Hear from our North West rugby league clubs ahead of their opening fixtures

St Helens and Warrington kicked of the Super 8s at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints made it six wins in their last six games after beating the Wolves 20-18.

Here are the rest of the opening Super 8 fixtures for our North West teams,

Super 8s Wigan v Wakefield Catalans v Widnes

The Qualifiers Salford v Hudderfield Leigh v London

Championship Shield Oldham v Workington Dewsbury v Swinton

Super 8s fixtures to be announced later

The fixtures for the Super 8s will be announced today.

The 24 Super League and Championship clubs will be split into three Super 8 groups.

Top 8 finishers of this Super League season Credit: ITV Granada

The top eight will continue as Super League, with Warrington, Wigan, St Helens and Widnes all finishing in the top eight of the season table.

The middle eight will play in the Qualifiers and the third eight will be in the Championship Shield.

Teenage rugby player dies after being injured during match

Ronan Costello Credit: Huddersfield Giants

The family of a rugby league player who died while playing against Salford Red Devils have spoken of their devastation following his death from injuries suffered during a game.

Huddersfield Giants Academy centre Ronan Costello, 17, was left in a critical condition following the incident in the match against Salford at the weekend.

''We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly. Ronan was a loving and caring 17-year-old lad who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a credit to all of his family and we are so proud of him and his achievements.

He was passionate about rugby and rugby was a big part of his life. We acknowledge that this was a tragic accident. As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary’s neuro intensive care unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to The Giants, especially Andy and Richard who have been a great support to us all during such a difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve.

We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."

– Family statement

In a statement, Salford Red Devils said their thoughts were with Ronan's family, friends and team-mates.

The players, staff and fans of Salford Red Devils wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Huddersfield Giants Academy player Ronan Costello who passed away today after being injured in the Under 19s game against us on Saturday.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at this tragic time.

– Salford Red Devils
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