‘That’s got to be a breach of the travel restrictions!’: Dominic Cummings is spotted at an Australian RUGBY MATCH after a fan paid £12 to have his cardboard cut-out placed in the stands
- Dominic Cummings has come under criticism for trips across the country
- An enterprising fan in Australia paid for him to appear in the stands of a game
- But it was just a cardboard cut-out that had been placed among other supporters
- In the game, Sydney Roosters beat their rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-12
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Dominic Cummings has been under fire for his travel plans in recent days – and he’s now popping up all over the globe.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser was criticised for making a 260-mile trip to Durham in April to see his parents while his wife had coronavirus symptoms, and has refused to apologise for doing so.
Durham police also confirmed on Thursday that his 60-mile round trip to Barnard Castle – he says to test his eyesight – might have been a minor breach of the lockdown rules. And now his face has appeared in the stands of a rugby league game being played in Australia on Friday morning – courtesy of a $22 (£12) purchase.
A cardboard cut-out of Dominic Cummings (circled) appeared in the stands at a rugby league game in Australia on Friday morning
The government advisor has come under criticism in recent days for his trip to Durham
It was played at an empty stadium, but fans could pay for their faces to appear in the stands
As a camera panned across the ‘crowd’ during the first half-hour of the clash between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, viewers in the United Kingdom were taken aback to see the 48-year-old on the terraces.
Luckily for both Cummings and Johnson, though, it was only a cardboard cut-out.
As part of a drive to improve the atmosphere while games are being played without fans in the stadium, a number of sports worldwide have allowed supporters to pay for themselves to appear – in the form of cut-outs – in their usual seats.
An enterprising Roosters fan clearly decided to have a laugh at Cummings’ expense, paying AUS$22 (£12) to have him among the other supporters.
The Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL clash was won easily by the Roosters
Those watching enjoyed spotting him and reacted on social media. Jason Sinclair said: ‘$22 well spent whoever did that’.
Meanwhile, @toolittletimeto wrote: ‘Breached lockdown again! Love to see how they try and explain this necessary journey. Taking the p*** now.’
‘Dominic Cummings breaking lockdown rules again to attend the NRL,’ wrote @adamfadamf.
Another joked on Twitter: ‘One rule for them and another for us’.
Cummings made a trip to Durham and a further visit to Barnard Castle during April
@dekkerUK weighed in: ‘Dominic Cummings is an absolute joke. First he goes for a country walk in Durham. Then he pops over to Aus to watch the rugby!’
Speaking earlier this week, Cummings insisted he did not regret any of his actions – despite the Labour party claiming he had ‘clearly broken the rules’.
He said: ‘I don’t think I am so different and that there is one rule for me and one rule for other people.’
He added: ‘I don’t regret what I did.’
In the match itself between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Roosters came out on top, beating their rivals 28-12 in the NRL clash.
The result helped the Roosters leapfrog their opponents in the table as they moved up to eighth, while the Rabbitohs drop to 11th after three matches of the season.