The rugby world governing body, World Rugby, opened an investigation today to “establish the facts” after the publication on social media of a photo that infuriated the French, eliminated yesterday (20 October 2019) from the quarter-finals of the rugby world championship after losing 20 – 10 against Wales.
In the image, the race director, the South African Jaco Peyper, who had expelled the French Sebastien Vahaamahina for an elbow to the opponent Aaron Wainwright, was immortalized in the middle of the post-match of a group of fans from Wales. Like them, Peyper mimics Vahaamahina's elbow, in an obvious mocking intent.
“World Rugby – reads a press release from the federation – is aware of a photo circulating on social networks in which Jaco Peyper has had himself taken back in the middle of a group of Wales fans after the quarter-final Wales-France. It would be out of place to make other comments while we are still ascertaining the facts “.
The vice president of the French Rugby Federation, Serge Simon, had tweeted last night: “If the photo is true, explanations will be needed”
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