Thursday evening, despite Sporting’s victory over the leader of Pro D2, incidents marred the meeting between SU Agen and Provence Rugby. Especially behind the scenes…
This Thursday evening, SU Agen produced a major performance by dominating the championship leader, Provence Rugby (31-7). The Agenais perhaps delivered their best match since the start of the season. However, according to our information, several problems took place around the handrail, in particular due to the behavior of George Tilsley.
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Insults and not far from a fight
It all started at halftime. The Agen winger, visibly drunk, tried to infiltrate the locker room. He was reportedly rejected by manager Dave Ryan. Thomas Léger, general manager, then told him to be careful, and to remain cautious. Unfortunately, everything did not go as planned.
At the end of the match, while players and supporters shared a drink and replayed the match, a new incident took place. According to a witness present on site, Tilsley would have liked to explain himself to Thomas Léger. Faced with the latter’s refusal, three-quarters of the SUA would have lost their temper.
Insults would have flown in English, such as “Fuck Off” (Editor’s note: “Fuck you”). Dissatisfied and very aggressive, the New Zealander would then have liked to fight with the general manager. But he would have been selected by several former SUA players, such as Marc Barthomeuf or Arthur Joly.
The reason for this irritation is simple. The player would not have appreciated learning through the press that the club was not counting on him for next season. The former Perpignan player is under contract until 2025, but the altercation which took place this Thursday evening could reshuffle the cards.
What sanctions now?
Sportingly, the “Papu” had to bring experience to a sometimes tender group. But his recruitment is, for the moment, not a success. He has only participated in six league matches this season. Often injured, his behavior off the field leaves something to be desired.
Internally, his case is considered difficult. If the SUA wishes to sell him, president Jean-François Fonteneau would have two options: find an interested club or break his contract. With the incidents that took place yesterday, the second option could be retained.
Contacted by telephone this Friday morning, Jean-François Fonteneau did not wish to speak on the subject. But he does not deny the facts. Sanctions should be taken in the coming hours against George Tilsley, whose future at the SUA seems most compromised.