Rugby spectator at centre of 'deplorable' SCG roof stunt identified
The man banned from the SCG for life after climbing onto the roof of the Bill O'Reilly stand during the third Test between the Wallabies and England has been identified as Kiwi national Daniel King.
The man was filmed climbing to the vantage point during the second half of Saturday's Test match, where he allegedly urinated onto spectators below.
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He was arrested and charged by NSW Police with behaving in an offensive manner in/near a public place and climbing on buildings on scheduled lands without approval.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear in court on July 25.
A man has gone to dangerous heights during a @wallabies game at the @scg. The 31-year-old was recorded standing on the roof of the Bill O'Reilly Stand with the stunt posted to the social media platform @tiktokaustralia. https://t.co/OF81oZFF1j #SCG #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/E3llAYXELb
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 17, 2022
On Wednesday night, A Current Affair identified the man as King - a bodybuilder and personal trainer from New Zealand but currently working in Bondi.
Kiwi reporter Steve Marshall bailed up King in a shopping mall and asked for an explanation, labelling him the "piddler on the roof".
When King tried to flee, Marshall asked: "Have you got the runs Danny? I thought it was number ones?"
King repeatedly told Marshall in some explicit language to leave him alone, saying he was going to get a "fist in the face".
King claimed he hadn't put anyone else at risk, despite the fact police had to scale the roof to remove him.
He also bragged he would get a “slap on the wrist” before proclaiming: “You can’t put that on f****** TV."
According to the Otago Daily Times, King is a former premier rugby player for Wakatipu.
On Monday, Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos slammed the patron's behaviour on a night when victorious England coach Eddie Jones was also called a "traitor" by a disgruntled Wallabies fan.
"Rugby Australia is disappointed with the reported incidents within the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the Third Test of the Wallabies' series with England," Marinos said.
"The deplorable actions of the alleged intruder that made his way to the roof of the grandstand were disgraceful and dangerous."
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Jones, an Australian and former Wallabies coach, fired back at the punter on hearing the slur.
"The offensive remarks made by spectators in the Members' areas towards England staff were unacceptable - and not representative of the values of rugby," Marinos said.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour, and we are working with Venues NSW on appropriate sanctions for these individuals.
"Rugby prides itself on values of respect and integrity - as seen in the players of both teams after the final whistle of a hard-fought series at the SCG on Saturday night.
"It is our expectation that spectators adhere to these values of respect and integrity when attending rugby matches and, we would hope, in society in general.
"Please, cheer for your team with all that you have. But please, always show respect for others."
Got what he deserved from Eddie pic.twitter.com/lUrtzrsB5h
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) July 17, 2022
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan also condemned the conduct of the supporter.
"That fan's behaviour is totally unacceptable and is not welcome at a Wallabies Test if he carries on like that," McLennan was quoted as saying by Britain's PA News Agency.
"We should be acknowledging Eddie's achievements as a great Aussie export. There's too much tall poppy syndrome in that comment."
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