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Aberavon RFC hit in graffiti attack

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

Michael Sheen was at the game between Aberavon and Neath

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VANDALS who have attacked a Port Talbot rugby club with graffiti have been labelled as cowards.

Yellow spray paint has been used to deface the dressing room, exterior walls and pavements at Aberavon RFC's base at Talbot Athletic Ground.

Chairman Andrew John, in a statement on the club's website, said: "For the second time within a week someone has sprayed graffiti on the dressing room and exterior walls and pavements at the club titled 'KING OUT'.

"I am really disappointed that whoever is responsible for this did not have the decency or stomach to speak to me first to air their grievance.

"I'm not hard to find — I was at the club for more than 12 hours (on Wednesday) — so the guilty person had ample opportunity to seek me out and speak face to face rather than this gutless act.

"The matter will be reported to the police and I hope that all genuine Wizards fans will join me in condemning this act as cowardly and completely unacceptable.

"Believe me, nobody is feeling the pain of our current league position more than me. It's hurting us all but we have to stick together and see it through.

"I hope that whoever did this can look themselves in the mirror and be happy with what they see.

"Interestingly the colour of the paint was yellow which says an awful lot about that person."

The graffiti is believed to refer to the club's head coach Simon King.

On Twitter Phil Steele said: "Disgusted to hear of graffiti at Aberavon RFC calling for sacking of Simon King.

"Demeans the name of one of Wales' great clubs #Cowards."

He later added: "Well done Aberavon Chairman Andrew John for condemning graffiti against Simon King — a dedicated, hard working coach and top bloke."

In the Principality Building Society Premiership Table Aberavon RFC stand in 11th place out of 12 teams.

On Boxing Day Aberavon lost against fierce local rivals Neath 7-22.

Before the game the club took to Twitter to announce that Hollywood actor Michael Sheen would be watching the game.

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  • andrew_tait  |  January 02 2013, 5:17PM

    headline should read...........Port Talbot Literacy Program Prove Success