An Ulster rugby supporter has been awarded £37,000 in damages for injuries he suffered as he was leaving the Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast.

Neil Rae, 41, chipped a bone in his foot and damaged ankle ligaments as he was going down steps out of the grandstand after an Ulster versus Leicester Tigers match in 2004.

He sued the IRFU, claiming the lack of an inside handrail led to the accident.

Mr Rae’s lawyers also argued that a structure jutting out from a wall at the bottom of the steps played a role in the accident.

The judge ruled in Mr Rae's favour, saying the Ulster fan had been at risk as he descended the steps among other supporters.

Mr Justice Bernard Mc Closkey said any reasonably prudent occupier of the premises would have installed a handrail on the inside, and would not have allowed the offending configuration at the bottom of the steps.

Mr Rae was awarded damages of £37,140. Afterwards, he said he regretted having to bring the case and said that the accident had not put him off going to Ravenhill.

"I'm an Ulster supporter, and I still attend games with my family,” he said.