Gran banned from Pyle Rugby Club for thuggish behaviour
A white-haired grandmother has been banned from a rugby club in a row over her "thuggish" behaviour.
Lillian Mort, 74, is accused of standing on the touchline to hurl abuse at referees and rival players during matches.
The club has been fined £50 by Welsh rugby chiefs after Lillian shouted at a referee during a game.
Club officials claim they have written "a dozen" letters to the grandmother asking her to curb her behaviour.
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But battling Lillian was finally given a red card - for trying to spend beer tokens handed out to players for a drink after a match.
Lillian was banned for three months after supporting Pyle RFC for the last 50 years.
The gran slam ban will stop Lillian from watching matches and having a drink at the club in the village of Pyle near Bridgend.
Lillian said: "I feel terrible - I've been going to watch games since I was in my thirties.
"I am a loyal fan - probably the oldest they've got and they've kicked me into touch.
"The committee think they have got the better of me but I am not going to leave it there."
Lillian has vowed to carry on watching the team through the steel railings along the boundary of the pitch.
She said: "I still go down the club and watch games but I am not allowed on the field.
"I have to watch through the fencing - I feel like I'm in jail."
The final straw came when Lillian was accused of abusing committee members after being refused the use of beer tokens given to her by player grandson David Pound, 22.
David said: "I went down to see the last game and my gran was watching through the fence,
"I couldn't believe it - most of the players are not happy about it.".
Club rules state that only players can use beer tokens in the bar after matches.
Chairman Clifford Ricketts said: "We wrote her a dozen letters asking her to behave but she took no heed of them so we banned her,
"We do not want to ban anybody from the club but we did not want the hassle. She is lucky she did not have longer."
Lillian will be on 12-months probation at the club when her three months ban is over.