Glass bottle thrown at Raiders' bench

Security look on after a bottle was thrown from the crowd during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders. Photo / Getty
Security look on after a bottle was thrown from the crowd during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders. Photo / Getty

Ugly crowd scenes have again marred a Canterbury NRL game after a glass bottle was hurled at the Canberra Raiders' bench at Belmore Sportsground on Monday night.

Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle is confident the club knows the identity of the man who threw a bourbon bottle from the western grandstand at the Raiders after Josh Jackson was sinbinned in the second half in the visitors' 22-8 round five win.

The bottle narrowly missed Raiders players and exploded as it hit an exercise bike.The bottle is believed to have been thrown from a Bulldogs members area but Castle said she was unsure how the man was associated with the club.

"We've identified the individual and the fans have helped us identify who that person is and they're speaking to that person," Castle said.

"They got on it and dealt with it really quickly.

"It's not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable. We'll be doing all we can to make sure that we communicate with our fans that behaviour is not acceptable.

"They can't get glass into that place unless you've snuck it in. I can only assume that person has snuck it in. We believe we know who the person is."

However a lack of CCTV footage could hinder the investigation.

The incident brought back memories of the 'Bad Friday' clash with South Sydney last year when match officials were pelted with bottles by angry Dogs fans at ANZ Stadium.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said he was happy with the way the incident was dealt with by the Bulldogs and police.

"The Bulldogs have dealt with it very professionally and very well," Stuart said.

"Canterbury is a great club and they jumped on it quickly and we don't want those unruly fans in our game."

- AAP

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