Ian Gough given formal warning over New Fathers 4 Justice headgear in Dragons match

The rugby player said he was ‘disappointed’ with the decision to discipline him over the Spiderman skull cap



Welsh rugby star Ian Gough has been given a formal warning for wearing a Spiderman scrum cap during a match in a protest over “rights for dads”.

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Ian Gough wearing a Spiderman scrum cap with NF4J on it in support of campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice.

Gough, who was earlier this year found guilty of assaulting former Miss Wales beauty queen Sophia Cahill, wore the colourful head gear during a Pro12 rugby match.

He was playing for the Newport Gwent Dragons against the Scarlets in Llanelli earlier this month.

The Welsh international said he wore the cap, with his son’s initials on, to support campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice whose supporters have staged protests dressed as superheroes.

But rugby chiefs served him with a written warning claiming he had breached “commercial rules” because the cap also had the letters NF4J on it.

Gough, 37, said: “I’m pretty disappointed with the decision made by the governing body.

“However I do realise after it being pointed out that it conflicted with the rules concerning advertising.

“I take this on board and accept their decisions

Gough was found guilty of attacking model Miss Cahill just days after she got engaged to former pop star Dane Bowers.

A trial at Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard how he “manhandled and shoved” as he dropped off their young son.

Gough, who lives in Swansea, was convicted of assaulting Miss Cahill and was fined £1,050 and ordered to pay £200 in compensation.

New Fathers 4 Justice welcomed his support, saying: “Ian is a known supporter of fathers’ rights”.

But chiefs from the Pro12 league gave him a reprimand following the incident during the televised game.

A spokesman said: “No logos, messages or advertising may be displayed on player’s kit at matches save for the club logo, the kit manufacturer’s logo and messages promoting club sponsors.”