Munster fans 'blown away' as Racing supporters offer free accommodation


Munster fans have been touched by the kindness of Racing 92's supporters, who have offered free accommodation for their counterparts travelling to Paris for Saturday's European Champions Cup clash.

The meeting, originally scheduled for October, was rearranged following the sudden and tragic death of Munster's coach Anthony Foley at the age of 42.

Foley passed away due to a heart condition which caused a build-up of fluid in his lungs, with tributes pouring in from around the rugby fraternity to pay respects to a popular figure.

With Saturday's meeting coming so soon after the festive period, Racing supporters have offered to alleviate some of the costs for travelling Munster fans by opening their homes.

"We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don't even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters," said secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club, Ian Buckley.

"It's different to being put up in a hotel - to invite us into their homes shows the whole human side to it and it brought home to us how much respect that people had in world rugby for Axel [Foley] for a start and then for Munster fans as well.

"One of our representatives will be going over and presenting a signed shirt to our counterparts in Racing on Saturday. We believe from Racing's side that they are trying to get as many people as they can from both sides to welcome in both teams into the stadium on Saturday. It's in the early stages but hopefully it will work out.

"The fact of the matter is that if people hadn't been aware of how Munster fans behave themselves when they are abroad or even at home, then such an offer wouldn't have come about.

"It's testament to how those supporters carry themselves when they are abroad that such an offer would even be considered.

"The thing about Anthony is he would want us to win the match and our lads will think of that - once the game kicks off, it will be business as usual and after it they will be reflecting on events."