Eddie Jones verbal abuse: Four men to appear in court

Four men have been summoned to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court for verbally abusing England head coach Eddie Jones on February 25.

The incident at Manchester Oxford Road station occurred the morning after England had been beaten 25-13 by Scotland at Murrayfield.

Jones travelled alone by train via standard class from Edinburgh to Manchester to be a guest of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

The four men, a 22-year-old man, a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, who are all from Edinburgh, and a 25-year-old man from South Queensferry, were reported for a Section 5 offence under the Public Order Act. They will appear before magistrates on May 16.

After the incident, Jones vowed to avoid using public transport in the future.

“I’m a human being,” said Jones. “I don’t consider myself any different from anyone else, so for me to travel on public transport I thought was okay.

“But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that.

“I can’t because it was shown on Sunday what happens when I do. That’s the world we live in. I was massively surprised. It wasn’t comfortable.”

When asked whether the abuse was physical or verbal, Jones replied: “A bit of both.

“It’s part of the challenge. As an Australian coaching England, there were always going to be challenges and that’s just one of them.”