Police investigating alleged altercation between Sale Sharks player and Bath Rugby fan at the Rec

Police are investigating a report of assault following an incident involving England international Jonny Hill after Bath’s victory over Sale Sharks on Saturday.

A 28-year-old supporter claimed he was grabbed around the throat and left with a cut above his eye after an altercation with Hill at the end of the Gallagher Premiership play-off match at the Recreation Ground, with emotions running high after hosts Bath progressed to Saturday's final at Twickenham against Northampton Saints following their 31-23 semi-final win against the Manchester side.

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Hill, who plays for Sale but is sidelined through injury, watched the game from the stands with the Sharks coaching team. The 6ft 7in lock allegedly became involved with the man as he left his seat and walked down the stairs following his side’s 31-23 defeat.

“Officers are investigating after receiving a report of one man assaulting another at Bath Rugby grounds, in Spring Gardens Road, Bath, on Saturday 1 June,” read a statement from Avon and Somerset Police.

“One man received medical attention from a paramedic at the grounds and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident. If anyone witnessed the incident or have any footage, please contact us on 101 and quote reference 5224140921.”

On Saturday, Sale said they would be conducting their own investigation into the incident.

The fan, who did want to be named, told reporters: “I was sat there and he came down the stairs, grabbed me around the throat, broke my sunglasses and cut the top of my eye. He was like saying to me, ‘Don’t ever do that again’.

“To be honest, all I want is a new pair of sunglasses. I don’t want to make a big thing. I was sat with my partner and all her family. This is not football.”

Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson said he did not see the incident but offered a defence of 29-year-old Hill’s character.

“It is news to me,” he said. “Jonny is not the aggressive type and I will answer those questions when I know. I can vouch for Jonny’s character. He is not an overly aggressive spiteful person.”