Kenny Edwards has been at the forefront of abuse from English Super League opposition fans as he labels the remarks made as ‘disgusting’.
The Catalan Dragons ace is seen as a huge villain in the eyes of St Helens fans after he was fined for an incident involving a young girl being hit by a ball during the recent Challenge Cup semi-final.
And now the two teams are set to go head-to-head in the latest round of the Super League, with some fans still believing the back-rower should be banned.
The former Parramatta Eels player is adamant he’d never intentionally throw a ball at anyone and has been left stunned by comments made by ‘bitter’ people.
Edwards said he is use to being called the villain but is gobsmacked with some the abuse he is receiving from UK fans.
“I’m still not sure what happened. I threw the ball off the field to gain some time after we’d scored a try and some fans, maybe because they were bitter they’d lost, said I deliberately threw it at a child,” Edwards said.
“I would never do that. I’m a father, if I thought that’s what had happened I would have been the first to apologise and bring the child, or the woman, into the club for some tickets and club gear.
“Some of the stuff I’ve heard on the pitch and seen on social media since then has been unbelievable. It’s a massive shock, there’s nothing like that down under.
“Super League put a photo of me up on Instagram and people were calling me a monster. I know fans are passionate over here but there’s a difference between passion and some of the spiteful, stupid comments I’ve seen.”
It’s not the first time Edwards has been left angried by Super League fans, as back in June he slammed Leeds fans for being pushed around his teammates and being spat upon while walking to their change rooms.
Edwards, 28-years old, has explained it’s the worst experience regarding fans he has had in his career as also states his problems regarding some officials as well.
“I don’t know if these guys are professional or amateur but the players do not know where they stand,” Edwards said.
“Every game is different, it is so inconsistent. And the touch judges – I’ve never heard them say a word yet. Some of them I’m sure have been kids.
“You might get one good ref, then the next wouldn’t even make park rugby back home. I’m enjoying my footy. It’s just the hostility and the standard of refereeing that has shocked me.”