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Very odd...
It was extremely odd to have a Frenchman refereeing the France/Wales Rugby World Cup semi-final, wasn't it?
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keswindhover From: keswindhover Date: October 15th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Only half French, to be fair.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: October 15th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be the half that refereed the first half of the match I guess. The Irish half then refereed the second...
frenchani From: frenchani Date: October 15th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
He was Irish, but I think his father was French.

I do think that he made the right call for the tackle was very dangerous, but I also think that we didn't play well at all and Wales deserved to win.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: October 15th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a very odd decision by the organisers; to choose that ref on the grounds that he spoke French when he did so bilingually because he could have dual nationality. I found myself wondering would the majority of French supporters have had no questions if the referee had a Welsh father and was chosen on the grounds that he could therefore speak to the Welsh team in their own language?

And then he sends the Welsh captain off for a tackle that was really no worse than some seen in matches every week where play is simply waved on. In many club matches it may well have earned a yellow card - but not a straight red without asking the opinion of any of the other officials.

If there were no questions about the loyalties of the ref it would still have been a bad decision - but with that particular man in charge it could be seen as more than that - which is very sad for everyone involved in the tournament.

And you are right - purely on the standard of play the Welsh deserved to win - but then their player chose not to drop kick when he should have, near the end - so in the very end the fault that they lost might be their own after all - despite the questions that can be asked about the refereeing.
frenchani From: frenchani Date: October 15th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still think it was dangerous. That's the kind of tackle that can break the neck (especially the way he dropped Vincent Clerc). I haven't seen all the matches in the world cup but that's the most dangerous tackle I have seen so far, and apparently the world cup organisers have a strict policy concerning those this year (more than in the previous world cups).

As for the fault, of course there's also the fact that the Welch kicker wasn't in a good day while ours, Parra, was (not like last week when Yachvily failded three times but fortunately the team was better then and scored tries!).
spikereader From: spikereader Date: October 15th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd is one word to describe it, yes. I'm not going to go into other words at the moment as I'm only just calming down.
From: hawera Date: October 17th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Let's face it: we wuz robbed!
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