Peyper pic sparks controversy
South African referee Jaco Peyper has angered French rugby fans after seemingly mimicking the game-changing red card shown to France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina while apparently posing for a picture with Wales fans.
It was perhaps the biggest talking point of a tense affair in Oita, with Vahaamahina given his marching orders for a sickening elbow on Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in the 48th minute.
After consultation with the TMO, Peyper showed little hesitation in showing the Frenchman a red card.
After footage showed the replays of the incident, Peyper said: “It’s very clear. You all think that’s a red card?”
Then explaining his decision to the player and French skipper, Peyper said: “The first action is around the neck, then you take your arm away and deliberately you hit with the elbow in the head.”
Wales eventually went on to seal a dramatic 20-19 victory, handing them a semi-final with South Africa in Yokohama.
Now, an image circulating on social media appears to show Peyper posing with jubilant Wales fans – and apparently making reference to the incident, raising his elbow to seemingly mimic the clash with alongside several Wales supporters.
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Publish date : 2019-10-20 23:31:00